The phrase “in silico biology” is thrown around quite a bit these days, but Chris Adami means it quite literally.

Adami heads up the Digital Life Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. The team has developed software called Avida — an environment in which populations of self-replicating computer programs can live, evolve, and adapt.

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