This program imitates the evolutionary processes that happens on unicellular organism populations in nature. It has been tried to create an example of the elemental bacterial processes, simplifying them a lot and presenting them in a visual and comprehensible manner. Although it is not scientifically exact, regular mechanisms on bacterial evolution and life can be observed and it can be interesting as a didactic approximation to concepts like mutation, evolution or photosynthesis. It is also a good entertainment.

A list of features:
  • Game
  • Statistics window
  • State panel
  • The genes viewer
  • Parameters configuration window
  • The genetic laboratory
  • Network

System requirements
  • Minimum JRE: 1.6.0 Build 22

Biogenesis on an eComStation machine with Open JDK

Installing Biogenesis
Download Also download the manual Create a folder (directory) "biogenesis". In the zip file the subdirectory "biogenesis_jar". Go in the subdirectory "biogenesis_jar" en unzip the files to the new folder "biogenesis". You can also unzip the subdirectory and rename it.

The biogenesis.cmd file
Biogenesis works with Open JDK in OS/2-eCS. I have made a biogenesis.cmd file with the following contents;
@echo off
set path=[drive: java]\JAVA160\bin
set BEGINLIBPATH=[drive: java]\JAVA160\bin
[drive: biogenesis]
cd [drive: biogenesis]\biogenesis
java -Duser.home=C:\biogenesis -jar biogenesis.jar 2>biogenesis-bugs.txt
I use 2 separate folders (directories), one for Java and one for Biogenesis with the files created by this program. The references used in the cmd file;

  • [drive: java] = drive with Java
  • [drive: biogenesis] = drive with Biogenesis

should be replaced with real drive letters. Edit and save the file "biogenesis.cmd" from the distribution. This file is copied to the "biogenesis" folder (directory). Furthermore, different paths?, adjust according to your needs.
Create a new program object. Specify the path and file name: "[drive: biogenesis]\biogenesis\biogenesis.cmd". In the tabpage Session check the boxes "OS/2 window", "Running as an icon" and "Close Window to end program". In the tabpage General you can enter the name "Biogenesis". You find enclosed in the file a suitable OS/2 icon.

Parameters / options explained
  • The addition "2>biogenesis-bugs.txt" ensures that errors are saved in the file "biogenesis-bugs.txt". The 2 in "2>" is not a typo!
  • The specification "-Duser.home=C:\biogenesis" ensures that Biogenesis will save all necessary files in own directory instead of saving them in the home directory.

In the file you can find the above command file (all driveletters are set to C:) and an OS/2 Biogenesis icon:

revision July 1, 2015