The Loom

Archives for January, 2005

Aliens Invade East Lansing

Not long ago I had a remarkable experience: I got to visit the nursery for what might prove to be a new form of life. At Michigan State University, a group of computer scientists, biologists, and philosophers run the Digital Evolution Laboratory. There, they are developing software called Avida which allows them to create virtual…

From Enemies to Friends

When you consider a tapeworm or an Ebola virus, it is easy think of them as being evil to their very core. That’s a mistake. It’s true that at this point in their evolutionary history these species have become well adapted to living inside of other organisms (us), and using our resources to help them…