Friday, July 20, 2012
Researchers Build First Complete Computer Model of an Entire Organism
Researchers Build First Complete Computer Model of an Entire Organism: A team at Stanford created the model, basing it on more than 900 scientific papers. M. genitalium has the smallest genome of any living organism--a mere 525 genes--but even for an organism of its size, it takes that much information to account for every interaction it will undergo in its lifespan. Researchers tallied the number of experimentally determined parameters in the model at more than 1,900; those were split up into 28 algorithms, which stepped in for biological processes.
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