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Unique identifier OMICS_19977
Name Phylo
Software type Application/Script
Interface Web user interface
Restrictions to use None
Programming languages Java
Computer skills Basic
Stability Stable
Maintained Yes


  • person_outline Jérôme Waldispühl
  • person_outline Mathieu Blanchette

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Phylogeny and biogeography of the remarkable genus Bondarzewia (Basidiomycota, Russulales)

Sci Rep
PMCID: 5041112
PMID: 27680391
DOI: 10.1038/srep34568

[…] caled consistency index (RCI), and homoplasy index (HI), were calculated for each maximum parsimony tree generated.ML searches conducted with RAxML-HPC2 on Abe through the Cipres Science Gateway ( involved 100 ML searches under the GTR + GAMMA model; all model parameters were estimated by the program. Only the best maximum likelihood tree from all searches was kept. In addition 100 r […]


Bringing computational science to the public

PMCID: 4775721
PMID: 27006868
DOI: 10.1186/s40064-016-1856-7

[…] lic events on European Researchers’ night (at St Andrews, part of the ResearchLive! Programme and at Manchester part of Science Uncovered). We employed a bioinformatics-inspired citizen science game, Phylo (Kawrykow et al. ), which enabled a continuous discussion of the topic whilst practically engaging the participants. We set up a competition between the two sites, based on the best cumulative s […]


Citizen Science Initiatives: Engaging the Public and Demystifying Science

PMCID: 4798796
PMID: 27047582
DOI: 10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.1019

[…] zen-science/digital-fishers), where participants view video clips and identify ocean animals they see during the course of a 60-second video. In addition to these citizen-science games, a game called Phylo ( has been developed to analyze genetic sequences (). In the game, players align genetic sequences in a similar manner to the game Tetris, where building blocks of sim […]


Games that Enlist Collective Intelligence to Solve Complex Scientific Problems

PMCID: 4798797
PMID: 27047610
DOI: 10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.983

[…] and biochemical processes. Each of these games has different levels of sophistication and usefulness both as citizen science and as a classroom tool. We describe four different online science games (Phylo, Nanocrafter, Foldit, and EteRNA) that engage players in citizen science and also have potential for classroom application.While these games may not have been originally established for pedagogi […]


Lessons Learned from Crowdsourcing Complex Engineering Tasks

PLoS One
PMCID: 4575153
PMID: 26383029
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134978

[…] Cornell Lab of Ornithology run a real-time, online checklist program called eBird []. Some other famous instances of effective Citizen Science include Galaxy Zoo [], a galaxy classifying website and Phylo [] a game that allows crowds to help align related DNA sequences. […]


Online citizen science games: Opportunities for the biological sciences

PMCID: 4888823
PMID: 27294021
DOI: 10.1016/j.atg.2014.07.001

[…] Phylo ( was developed by computer scientists and biologists at McGill University and released in 2010. It uses comparative genomics as the basis of a Tetris-like game and ut […]

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Phylo institution(s)
School of Computer Science and McGill Centre for Bioinformatics, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada; Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Phylo funding source(s)
Supported by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery grants, by McGill University and Nokia.

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