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evolution@home at InSpace, University of Edinburgh

evolution@home and research programs that help to work out Darwin's ideas will be discussed at InSpace, University of Edinburgh.

Darwin's discovery of natural selection was pivotal in starting a variety of research programs that investigate how the forces ofevolution shape diversity and destiny of natural populations. This event will highlight five forces of evolution and their impact on populations:

  1. selection
  2. mutation
  3. random genetic drift,
  4. recombination or its absence
  5. spatial structure or its absence.

Each of these forces is *relatively* easy to understand of its own, but in combination they consistently stretch our biological, mathematical and computational abilities beyond their limits. To deal with such complexity, researchers usually investigate only a subset of these forces in more limited settings, answering specific questions. At this event examples will be presented that illustrate some of the results that have been obtained that way. A better understanding of evolution is pivotal for addressing various problems of our time, including

  • the evolution of antibiotic resistance
  • the extinction of endangered species
  • the potential long-term impact of man-made mutagenic substances.

Evolution@home is the first public distributed computing system for evolutionary biology and is being designed to address computational challenges in studying evolution. Evolution@home currently computes how asexual populations deal with harmful DNA changes.

 

For more details on the event, please visit the Inspace website evolution@home | Let's work out Darwin's ideas.

If you want to contribute CPU cylces to evolution@home, then you can either do this directly or via the Rechenkraft.net yoyo BOINC client.

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