Phylo

Phylo

Phylo is an experimental citizen science game about multiple sequence alignment optimisation. Players solve pattern-matching puzzles that represent nucleotide sequences of different phylogenetic taxa to optimize alignments over a computer algorithm. Players attempt to create the highest point value score for each set of sequences by matching as many colours as possible and minimizing gaps. Phylo was developed by the McGill Centre for Bioinformatics.



Solve DNA puzzle and help genetic disease research
          midcore | 2D puzzle | medicine | computer | Android | iOS
          

Articles

A week to tweet about Science and Games
#6 Games by McGill University

From April 10th to April 15th, Citizen Science Games was hosting the @IamCitSci Twitter account. The whole week was dedicated to games and science. We storified the week in different episodes, in case you missed […]

Wired, on citizen science games

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Publications

Online citizen science games: opportunities for the biological sciences

Recent developments in digital technologies and the rise of the internet have created new opportunities for citizen science. One of these has been the development of online citizen science games where complex research problems have […]

Open-Phylo: a customizable crowd-computing platform for multiple sequence alignment

Citizen science games such as Galaxy Zoo, Foldit, and Phylo aim to harness the intelligence and processing power generated by crowds of online gamers to solve scientific problems. However, the selection of the data to […]

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Interviews

Easily Solved by Humans: An Interview with Phylo Co-Creator Jérôme Waldispühl

Several months ago I started playing an online game called Phylo. It is both simple and challenging, and I can feel virtuous as I play, since (according to its website) the gameplay is helping scientists […]

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