A brief update on current progress
Thank you for all your CPU-time contributions. The last decade got evolution@home off the ground. The next one will make it grow.
Laurence Loewe, founder of evolution@home, joins the faculty of the Laboratory of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
David Waxman of the University of Sussex (UK) developed a new approach for predicting the rate of mutation accumulation from Muller's ratchet. Evolution@home results helped to test the predictions.
At its heart evolution@home investigates how DNA changes affect populations in the long run. The scene for this work has been set by the research of evolutionary biologists like Brian Charlesworth. To mark his 65th birthday on 29 April 2010 and his many significant contributions, a themed issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B has been published on 'The population genetics of mutations: good, bad and indifferent'. It comprises articles by a number of influential individuals who have been associated with Brian over the years.
The Darwin year 2009 is over, but the importance of evolution for life on this planet has not changed. 2010, the year of biodiversity highlights different aspects of evolution and our need to act on what we know.
evolution@home and research programs that help to work out Darwin's ideas will be discussed at InSpace, University of Edinburgh.
A new framework was developed for combining modern systems biology and evolutionary genetics. Evolutionary systems biology may help us to answer some of the most difficult problems in evolutionary biology.
Today is Darwin Day 200! Join us in celebrating the achievements of one of the most careful observers of nature.
A new set of computing tasks is published today in order to further investigate how two different types of slightly harmful DNA changes interact with each other's evolutionary behaviour in a population.
The small worm Caenorhabditis elegans is known for his high rate of selfing that may make it susceptible to the operation of Muller's ratchet. Now evolution@home has found that this worm would indeed be in trouble if there were no processes that would counter genomic decay in this worm or if selfing was very old.
By now the new fully automated BOINC system has contributed more CPU-years in results than all previous email submissions combined.
Rechenkraft.net is an important long-term contributor to evolution@home computing power. They asked Laurence Loewe about how it was to start evolution@home and about future directions.
The Amazon molly has long been suspected of being threatened with extinction by Muller's ratchet. Now evolution@home has found that indeed there is a genomic decay paradox in this fish. Thus the search for processes that keep this fish alive is important.
Right from the start evolution@home employed a minimalist approach to global computing due to a severe lack of resources. The manuscript describing experiences on the way is now available.
With the help of fully automated global computing via BOINC-yoyo, the total contributions to evolution@home have reached 260 CPU years. The list of most important work units for the semi-automated email system has been adjusted accordingly.
Simulator005 started its public operation today 7 years ago. Time for some celebration.
Controversies about evolution are never very far in the US. Recent attempts to introduce criticism of evolution into biology classes have failed. A live webcast on the 4th of April 2008 by Prof. Kenneth R Miller will explain more.
The first analysis of evolution in Simulator005 is now available as a free download. Its core result is that the current simple standard model of human mitochondrial DNA evolution is incomplete, as it would predict the extinction of the human line in less than 20 million years. While the hunt for extensions of the standard model is on, this work provides yet another reason to fight any pollution that harms our DNA.
Read new entries about evolution in general and evolution@home in particular, including new results, old gems, practical applications and tools for the research behind the scenes. Events related to evolution will also be announced.