Tag Archives: Digital Evolution

The evolution of code is like the evolution of DNA nanotechnology

This post is written by UI faculty Peter Allen I’m Peter Allen, a professor of Chemistry at the University of Idaho. I use DNA nanotechnology to build tiny things like autonomous nanomachines. DNA is more than genes and heredity. When I tell … Continue reading

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Avida-ED Summer Workshop

This summer we will be holding two workshops on the use of Avida-ED; one at the University of Washington from June 21-23, and one at Michigan State University from July 27-29.  Avida-ED is a free, web-based program designed to teach … Continue reading

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Charles Ofria named one of the 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty

We are proud to congratulate BEACON’s Deputy Director Charles Ofria for being named a 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award winner. Charles Ofria is recognized internationally for his research at the interface of computer science and evolutionary biology. He … Continue reading

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Studying the Evolutionary Dynamics of Emergent Phenotypes

This post is written by MSU faculty Mark Reimers and Arend Hintze Let us marvel about the complexity of life for a moment. We have DNA transcribed into mRNA, just to get that translated into proteins, which metabolize, catabolize, or process … Continue reading

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Getting Mixed Signals: Exploring the Evolution of Disjunctive Signaling Games

This post is written by Peter Fetros, an undergraduate computer science research assistant at UI working with James Foster and Bert Baumgaertner Signals are all around us. Most organisms use signals in order to communicate with one another. They might use them to tell … Continue reading

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You Say “Cow” and I Hear “Milk” – The Joy of Interdisciplinary Work

This post is by MSU faculty Arend Hintze While I was listening to the many interesting talks of this year’s BEACON congress (2016), I was pondering about the journey that we took together to get here. Fortunately, I was around … Continue reading

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BEACON now funds video games?

This is a repost from Terry Soule (Computer Science, UI) and Barrie Robison (Biological Sciences, UI) Also visit Telliamed Revisited (Richard Lenski’s blog) for another write-up.  Hello BEACONites, Thanks to BEACON’s support Polymorphic Games has created the evolutionary video game Darwin’s Demons, and placed it … Continue reading

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2nd Active LENS Workshop: June 2016

This post is by MSU postdoc Mike Wiser  The 2nd annual Avida-ED Active LENS Workshop will be held at Michigan State University June 9-11, 2016 in East Lansing, MI. The purpose of this workshop is to train instructors in the use … Continue reading

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Studying the Evolution of Division of Labor with Digital Organisms

This post is by MSU Postdoc Heather Goldsby. Why do you have different types of cells in your body? Why do honeybees perform different roles, including forager, undertaker, nurse, and queen? Why do factory workers perform jobs as specific as … Continue reading

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Avida-ED for classroom research

This post is by MSU postdoc Mike Wiser. Reposted from the DevoLab blog. Laboratory components are often integral parts of both K-12 and college science courses. I certainly had a lot over the course of my science education; 5 courses … Continue reading

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