In Silico “Life”

 

Just over a week ago, researchers released the first in silico model of a living organism, the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium.  This is the first time an entire organism’s metabolic processes have been integrated and modeled and it offers an unprecedented opportunity to do in silico experiments on the organism.  Remarkably, the production of this model required 17 years since the organism was sequenced (1995) and two years beyond it’s synthesis (2010).

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