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"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution"- Dobzhansky
Digital organisms are computer programs that reproduce on their own (like viruses), mutate (change randomly), and compete for resources. This creates natural selection in an artificial environment (the computer). Digital organisms evolve rapidly. This makes them useful for studying evolution virtually, similar to the way microscopic organisms are used in the lab.
I perform experiments with digital organism to test ideas about evolution. I also design virtual activities to help students understand evolution and the scientific method.
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