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Currently  the research focuses on the evolution/evolvability  of the genotype-phenotype relationship. In digital evolution this means the evolution of processor structure and  the  corresponding instruction set: the definition of the processor is in the organism's genome so it is subject to mutation enabling evolution.  Thus the replication of the digital organisms consists of two phases:
universal  processor

Other possible/planned directions of research:
  • food chains
  • informational-ecological niches
  • competition for matter (now the matter, the building blocks for organisms are freely available, that is not so biological)
  • inhomgenous lifespaces
  • multicellularity
  • sexual reproduction (this should emerge if it's needed ;)
  • lamarckian evolution (it's quite possible for a digital organism to rewrite itself and immediately transfer its modified genome to its spawn)

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