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Battle for Cattle is a fun new strategy game that puts you in the shoes of a scientist trying to stop the deadly spread of Mycoplasma and antibiotic resistance. You start at a colourful and fun farm, where you’ll find yourself confronted with sick cows. Racing against time to avoid the overuse of antibiotics, you will have to make your very own synthetic vaccine to save the lives of as many cows as possible.
The game, designed by Austrian company Biofaction, has been developed in close collaboration with researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona (CRG).
The game is funded by the EU-funded MycoSynVac project, which aims to fight agricultural antibiotic resistance by designing synthetic vaccines. Every year millions of farm animals are given large amounts of antibiotics to help farmers control disease outbreaks and avoid enormous economic loss. With evidence suggesting that antibiotic use in agriculture can contribute to antibiotic resistance in the pathogenic bacteria of humans, there is an urgent need to tackle this global issue that protects our health.
"We made this game to get people of all ages talking about the huge challenge of antibiotic resistance", says Maria Lluch-Senar, the CRG staff scientist who leads the project. "Players will immediately be thrown into a difficult situation where the antibiotic they have stops treating all types of bacteria, forcing them into the lab to develop new ways of fighting the spread of killer diseases destroying their farm, like vaccinating cows in the first place".