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Computational Biologists Model Complete Organism

Stanford University researchers used information from more than 900 scientific papers to complete the world’s first computer model depicting the functions of an organism. The team described the various interactions that occur in the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium and say their work is a step toward using CAD in bioengineering and medicine. It could also help scientists better understand cellular function and create new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The bacterium modeled has only 525 genes, compared to E. coli, which has 4,288. Despite the organism’s small size, the scientists needed more than 1,900 parameters in 28 different modules to build their computational cell. They reported their work in the journal Cell. (Science Daily)(Stanford University)(Cell)

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