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A scientist can be easily identified by their distinctive level A hazmat gear. They are often escorted by groups of Blackwatch soldiers.
During the Second Outbreak, Gentek scientists and field researchers were deployed alongside Blackwatch to study the virus, collect samples and perform experiments on the civilian population of the Yellow Zone. In the Yellow Zone they also scanned civilians at military checkpoints for signs of the infection and were seen handing out face masks at refugee camps.
Scientists could also be seen in various military consume events and are supposed be consumed or killed to complete the events that they appear in. Once all of the Blackwatch scientists have been consumed, Alex learned the whereabouts of his ex-girlfriend, Karen Parker.
In Prototype scientists were considered civilians but in Prototype 2 scientists they were considered military personnel.