The creation of the characters of Starfield is inspired by the study of DNA fragments, according to what has been revealed by some players.
As indicated through Reddit, the Starfield character creation system – Bethesda’s new role-playing game recently presented – seems to be based on the DNA analysis system , namely the gel electrophoresis lines.
As explained by the author of the Reddit post , doing a gel electrophoresis “allows you to separate all the different fragments in your sample by size.
You put the DNA in a big block of glorified jello, and run an electrical current across it. Since DNA is naturally negatively charged it gets repelled by the negative electrical charge at one end and attracted by the positive electrical charge on the other end.”
“Because of this, the DNA starts to move across the jello – but the longer DNA will move slower because it gets caught up in the pores in the jello (big = slow, small = fast). So in the end, in the jello you have a gradient of DNA samples separated by size, the longest DNA being at one end, and the smallest DNA being at the other. “
“This is used in all sorts of molecular biology experiments, but It has also been used for sequencing DNA. So it makes sense that for genetic aspects of your character… that this would be the slider! [for selecting physical characteristics]. “
We don’t know if Starfield’s menus are crafted with scientific accuracy or are just stylistically inspired by that type of DNA sampling procedure. In any case, this is an interesting detail .