Tag Archives: Avida

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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BEACON Researchers at Work: Coach, Put me on the bench! A Novice’s Journey into Old-Fashioned Experimental Evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog is by MSU graduate student Jay Bundy. As a kid I played a lot of basketball. I loved almost everything about the game. But there was one thing I hated: spending time riding … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Spatial dynamics of evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Emily Dolson. All biological organisms must occupy a single location in physical space. This idea is so obvious that most people don’t give it much thought, but … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The more things change, the more they stay the same

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by Michigan State University graduate student Austin Dreyer. Variation is one of the most obvious themes in biology. From variation between taxonomic groups, morphological traits, behavioral responses, habitats, and so on, we … Continue reading

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Evolution 101: Digital Evolution

This Evolution 101 post is by MSU graduate student Armand Burks. When scientists study the process of evolution in living organisms, two of the key limiting factors are that of time and the amount of data available. In practice, it … Continue reading

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What's in a (mutation's) name?

Cross-posted from UT postdoc Art Covert’s blog, Covert Science(ish) Names are generally very arbitrary things. In the words of The Bard: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This may be true for roses, but for mutations, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolving division of labor

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by MSU graduate student Anya Johnson. Have you ever looked around you and thought about the amazing feats that organisms accomplish together? The most obvious examples are of course everything that humans … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Structure of Coevolution

This BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Luis Zaman.  In my first BEACON blog post, I wrote about how we study the diversity producing effects of host-parasite coevolution in Avida. I used a traffic jam … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Testing Phylogenetic Inference with Experimental Evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Cory Kohn. Skepticism. This is generally an important characteristic of scientists. Why would an attitude that is to be avoided in polite conversation act as a useful, … Continue reading

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