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Welcome to evolution@home and evolutionary-research!

Evolution@home is the first global computing system for evolutionary biology. It allows everybody with an Internet PC to contribute to evolutionary-research by running simulations of evolution.


Update: Evolution@home in 2015

In case you wondered, evolution@home is alive and well and - mostly thanks to it is also producing results.

Here a brief statement from Laurence Loewe, who is running evolution@home:

While things may have looked a bit sleepy on the website, my research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I have been extremely busy to work out a solution for one of the most difficult problems in global computing: how to store and analyze the data in a way that does not easily break, when we get more results. It is too early to say much about that, except that we have been making good progress in many ways and that this has led us to define a new programming language, which will be tailor made for meeting many of the difficulties that biology throws at anybody daring to computationally understand it.

There is much, much more that could and should be said about this. Here is not the right place. To summarize key points that some of you have asked about:

  1. Evolution is continuing to run.
  2. The currently scheduled computations are part of a very special test case that we will want to return to soon, once the new data processing system is ready for handling this (and many other, much more complicated cases).
    Hence, please do not stop your computations.
  3. A prototype of the new programming language has been developed; it is in the process of being extended for the data handling capabilities discussed above. To minimize costly confusion, it is not recommended to use it at this point (and hence we don't link there right now). We will update you once things are a bit more stable.
  4. Watch out for a website update later this summer.

Thanks  a ton for your extended patience and for the many, many results you all submitted to evolution@home.

Keep computing,


Homepage of the Loewe Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

A part of the home page of the Evolutionary Systems Biology research group of Assist. Prof. Laurence Loewe  can be found here at the Loewe Lab. Like the evolution@home page it needs some updating, which is scheduled for later this Summer.


Frequently used links

Evolution@home:   Download the most recent simulator   -   Download the latest tasks to compute   -   submit results   -   Observe computing high scores.
Other links:   News and more   -   Events calendar   -   Home page of Laurence Loewe   -   Overview of journals with articles on evolution   -   List of updated pages.


Quick Start

Some useful hints, if you are new to evolution@home and evolutionary-research

  • Donate your idle CPU cycles by participating now. If you or your team belong to the top 3 suppliers of CPU power for a particular project, you will get acknowledged in the scientific paper that analyses those results.
  • Evolution matters. Not only for scientists, but also in our daily lives - if you believe that we did indeed borrow this planet from our children. Humans can influence evolution to a surprisingly large degree and we better understand how! Thus we aim at bridging the gap between daily life and scientific research by explaining why evolutionary research is important. If you have questions, just let us know, we will do our best to help find answers.
  • For scientists: The evolutionary-research part of our pages is the growing science part of this site that is for you. We have a handy list of online journals that are important for evolutionary research and we can help you to quantify Muller's ratchet in your favourite study organism. Other materials will follow. So if you think we should list your favourite tools or sites, please let us know.


Site overview

The main areas of the site  (latest updates):

Intro A more thorough introduction, FAQs and other background material. 
News Anything news-worthy on evolution@home and more, computing high scores and general progress pages. 
Programs for download and a bit on the science behind them.
Forum Online forums with a strong focus on evolution@home.
Science Research: background info and results.
Library Literature and databases for scientists interested in evolution. Features a journals overview page.
Tools Bioinformatics, programming, maths and other tools for research.
People Homepages of scientists associated with evolution@home and of some other researchers in evolutionary biology.



Where is the old site?

While the process of migrating content from the old site is going on, you can find the old site here:

Until all important content has been moved, you will be pointed to the old site if it still has more details than the new site. At the moment the core infrastructure of evolution@home (simulator, run-files, submission, high scores) still requires the old site, although you can find an updated introduction here.


Your contributions are welcome!

There are various ways in which you can contribute. From computing to content, from publicity to peer-review, the opportunities are almost infinite, so come and

          Join the adventure of evolutionary research!

Thank you for your help and for visiting this site.

The evolution@home team


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