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#44350 - 07/24/12 11:17 AM Computer model of a bacterium
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"Researchers at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute (the group who made the first "synthetic" bacterium) have produced a computational model that tracks the activities of every single gene in the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium during its cell cycle (the researchers chose to model this bacterium because it has the smallest number of genes of any known organism). Here's the abstract from their paper, published in the journal Cell:"

It's only a relatively small step from here to creating cells that can synthesize and excrete practically any organic chemical man could possibly want. With some more computing power we can understand the inner workings of almost any living thing, given enough time.
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#44351 - 07/24/12 02:57 PM Re: Computer model of a bacterium [Re: Amaranth Rose II]
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Originally Posted By: Amaranth Rose II
http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread....556#post4005556

"Researchers at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute (the group who made the first "synthetic" bacterium) have produced a computational model that tracks the activities of every single gene in the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium during its cell cycle (the researchers chose to model this bacterium because it has the smallest number of genes of any known organism). Here's the abstract from their paper, published in the journal Cell:"

It's only a relatively small step from here to creating cells that can synthesize and excrete practically any organic chemical man could possibly want. With some more computing power we can understand the inner workings of almost any living thing, given enough time.



Originally Posted By: Mike Kremer


Mike Kremers reply to Amaranth, what an interesting find.
I especially love your view of the Future which I have interpreted below (with your permission?)

The Ventner institute Researchers say- Currently it takes about 9 to 10 hours of computer time to simulate a single division of this smallest bacterium.
Thats about the same time the complete cell takes to divide in its natural environment. So how much computing time would be required when should they start working on a larger oganism like E.coli, yeast, or eventually a Human cell?

Dr. Covert agrees and stated:- "At the moment the computing time required for the number of simulated molecular interactions using a larger organism, could take years...'However I will have the answer in a couple of years,"

Yes I really agree with you Amaranth, you say, above -that Man will eventually synthesize and excrete practically any organic chemical, that future Man could possibly want.
Thats a World shaking statement, a huge step that means the Control of Our Future...a Bright Unlimited Future...
....given enough time.

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#44352 - 07/24/12 02:57 PM Re: Computer model of a bacterium [Re: Amaranth Rose II]
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With some more computing power


there are applications that allow people who are interested in certain subjects to donate a portion of their home computers processing power.

this would spawn interest in biology which would lead to more
funding for biology.

taking it out of the petri dish and putting it on someones desktop so that they can watch it grow.

you never know this might even advance into a way to detect failures in GM plants and to ensure the safety of GM BT etc..

something I used to think about was a program that would start with a basic single cell animal and allow it to develop into
a multi cell animal to see what it would become , in different environments.

you might even end up with a dinosaur , of course you would need a huge amount of processing capability.

and the energy to process that data would be enormous , but theres always solar and wind!!

two of our really smart accomplishments that belong on the side of the effort that tries to overcome the contrary.

so there , write the book.


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