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Scientists behind Open Worm Want to Build an Electronic Model of a Living Creature

Apr 30 2014, 4:43am CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Scientists behind Open Worm Want to Build an Electronic Model
 
 

If you are a scientist or a coder or even a writer then you are most probably going to end up finding a place for yourself in this project

Science is most certainly a mysterious phenomenon and we thereby find something intriguing about each subject particularly biology which has many hidden secrets. It might come as a surprise to many of us that the microscopic worm is the simplest of all living creatures on this planet and yet it is the most extensively studied one. Though these researches have gathered enough data on the tiny creature, scientists feel that they still have a lot more to learn and this concept has led them into spearheading a project they hope can offer an unprecedented look into the inner workings of this little worm. The project requires them to build a full working digital model of the creature so they can run research simulations on it.

The subject, in scientific terms known as the C. elegans, has been brought apart many a times by scientists and just because it is made up of only 1000 cells, it doesn’t mean much. However, the things which this creature can do such as eating and walking with merely a 1000 cells leaves us to wonder that it is no small task. It has been said that the actual test of understanding something lies in the ability to create that thing. Making a living C. elegans in the flesh is still a pipe dream but scientists think that enough data is in place to let them construct an entire digital version of this worm.

Scientists at Open Worm believe that they can easily accomplish this task by combining existing simulations of C. elegans and updating them with information from researchers studying the worm around the world. The project will be used determine how the creature works and reacts in the living and if you are a scientist or a coder or even a writer then you are most probably going to end up finding a place for yourself in this project.

source: Kickstarter(Open Worm)

 

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