On this substrate are some very basic "kite" or "diamond" smart swimmers. They can maintain a population of 60 to 80 pretty well, but rarely exceed 100 cells. For this challenge, load the kite's genome from the M1 cell in the microscope--this will be your template.
Rules: You must use the template M1-M7 cells, and may not use any modes M8-M20, nor are you allowed to change the existing split modes. But you can modify any sliders, adhesin settings and other checkboxes for any mode M1-M7. In other words, you may only make "point mutations" to the template organism. You may do this with evolution or by engineering.
Goal 1 (easy): Derive a new kite swimmer that can out-compete the white swimmer from 1 initial cell, leaving no original white cells.
Goal 2 (difficult): Get your swimmer to reach a stable population of at least 200 cells.
Goal 3 (?): Check "Keep adhesin" for M1's children, turning the swimmer into a serpent. Keeping these on, derive an organism that can still out-compete the individual white swimmers.
For goal 2, I have reached 200 cells but cannot maintain it. The higher-difficulty goals will be dependent on how well Alast and Bwisialo's optimized kites can do here--I am sure it's impressive I have not come anywhere close to goal 3, but it seems possible--opinions?
- After loading M1 to the genome editor, change the color of a few cells before saving your genome.
- When trying out alterations to your cells, give them a new color as well, so you can better observe how they compare.
- Relative nutrient priorities play a big role in reproduction rate
- Flagellocyte swim speed and angle can improve accuracy