A quick summary of projects trying to recreate cells, tissues and organs in silico
Open science project to simulate the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans at the cellular level
OpenWorm is a world-wide organization of scientists, engineers, software developers and other talented contributors building the world’s first virtual organism. Embracing the principles of open-source data, codes and models, OpenWorm is an example for scientific development. The Foundation was created with the belief that modelling a simple roundworm nervous system into a computer is a first step toward fully understanding complex systems and, eventually, the human brain.
As of 2014, a physics engine called Sibernetic has been built for the project and models of the neural connectome and a muscle cell have been created in NeuroML format. A 3D model of the worm anatomy can be accessed through the web via the OpenWorm browser. The OpenWorm project is also contributing to develop Geppetto, a web-based multi-algorithm, multi-scale simulation platform engineered to support the simulation of the whole organism.
Visit website: http://openworm.org/