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Researchers Produce First Complete Computer Model of an Organism
Science Daily ^ | 21 JULY 2012 | Max McClure, Stanford University

Posted on 07/21/2012 9:27:35 AM PDT by onedoug

In a breakthrough effort for computational biology, the world's first complete computer model of an organism has been completed, Stanford researchers reported last week in the journal Cell.

A team led by Markus Covert, assistant professor of bioengineering, used data from more than 900 scientific papers to account for every molecular interaction that takes place in the life cycle of Mycoplasma genitalium, the world's smallest free-living bacterium.

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(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Science
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; hitech; molecularbiology; science; theology
I really wonder if science will ever achieve biogenesis. Researchers get incrementally closer seemingly by the day, yet never quite seem to hit the mark only God has.

Fascinating study though....

1 posted on 07/21/2012 9:27:44 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

I hope this works better than the Climate Models built to show how Gaia works.


2 posted on 07/21/2012 9:34:04 AM PDT by Paladin2
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Don’t worry, as soon as they try to manufacture bacteria they’ll want to improve on it... obviously leading to the creation of super-bacteria that will consume all living things on Earth, even itself.
It was nice knowing you.

;)


3 posted on 07/21/2012 9:42:06 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: onedoug

I thought it said orgasm. Like the orgasmatron.


4 posted on 07/21/2012 9:46:22 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: onedoug
Oops! Silly me. I thought they made a model of an orgasm.
5 posted on 07/21/2012 9:51:05 AM PDT by eCSMaster ('Nancy Pelosi is a DINGBAT.' - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: onedoug

Researchers Produce First Complete Computer Model of an Orgasm

6 posted on 07/21/2012 10:01:33 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (??? . what??? Who knew? .)
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LOL that’s actually the way I read the title of the thread.


7 posted on 07/21/2012 10:03:50 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: onedoug

Somehow I doubt they’ve COMPLETELY simulated this organism. If so, this would be revolutionary and would be worth of a Nobel prize. Also if true, then it would be possible to build an actual working organism from scratch, which of course isn’t going to happen.

As with most of these popular-press reports, massive exaggeration is the order of the day.

Nonetheless, let me remind you that it has taken the entire accumulated knowledge of the human race to get even this far to understand the simplest of organic machines, an organic machine that is claimed to have formed accidentally by the actions of cosmic rays bombarding mineralized water for a relatively short period of time.


8 posted on 07/21/2012 10:34:21 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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Somehow I doubt they’ve COMPLETELY simulated this organism.

Do you think they 'mapped' the organism. In other words, a very general map?

9 posted on 07/21/2012 11:16:43 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: going hot
"I thought it said orgasm. Like the orgasmatron."

LOL! I thought the same thing.

10 posted on 07/21/2012 11:31:24 AM PDT by Spunky (Those)
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To: sr4402

It’s hard to say what they actually did without reading the paper itself, but I can assure you that they did not simulate every molecule in that organism.

The knowledge for doing that is insufficient by at least a thousand orders of magnitude not to mention that the necessary computing power is a million orders of magnitude lacking. For instance, look at something as relatively simple as protein folding; given any specific gene sequence for a functional protein, science is still unable to predict what it’s folded 3-D structure will be.

And besides, one is getting close to quantum-level behavior in dealing with massively complex molecular machines, in which case total predictability is impossible anyway. The best that could be done might be a statistical simulation in that case. But that’s a long ways off too.


11 posted on 07/21/2012 11:32:48 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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I agree. I remember reading about how years of computation were required just to simulate a single protein.


12 posted on 07/21/2012 12:14:21 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: going hot
I thought it said orgasm. Like the orgasmatron.

Considering the organism named Mycoplasma Genitalium, that thought does not seem particularly errant.

13 posted on 07/21/2012 12:25:56 PM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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Thanks onedoug.

This could get rough, it was posted in (or moved to) the Religion forum, although it is from a science source.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


14 posted on 07/21/2012 4:57:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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I also agree. They are coming close now to mapping the entire human genome.

But ALL of those researchers will tell you there are vast stretches in the genetic code where we are not sure if it codes for something, or does nothing, or is simply remnant dna.

While human DNA is vastly more complex than a bacterial genome, I suspect the same is true for bacterial DNA, there are still parts we are not sure exactly if or what it does.


15 posted on 07/21/2012 5:15:33 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SunkenCiv
... this sexually transmitted parasite...snip...Mycoplasma genitalium is a humble parasitic bacterium known mainly for showing up uninvited in human urogenital and respiratory tracts.

Lots of people posting in the religion forum will get it understand...

16 posted on 07/21/2012 5:16:29 PM PDT by bigheadfred (If ya thought I was unhinged, watch me come unglued)
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The orders of magnitude for this specific organism may have been substantially reduced. Time will tell and it may take many iterations to tell.

But...... there is a major change in the way things will be looked at


17 posted on 07/21/2012 5:36:48 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: djf

It has been mapped. It’s just that a whole bunch of it is not understood as to what it does . It’s apparently much more than mere genes doing individual acts.


18 posted on 07/22/2012 4:21:16 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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It has been mapped. It’s just that a whole bunch of it is not understood as to what it does . It’s apparently much more than mere genes doing individual acts.

To begin with, genes don't act.
19 posted on 07/22/2012 4:25:15 PM PDT by aruanan
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The reason that men like women is to orgaz with them, genetic programming. They, women, wouldn't be built like that if this wasn't true.

The horrible truth is that once you got one to orgaz with you descend into horrible ring of fire, dependency, enforced by the Courts, leading to much trouble in the world.

20 posted on 07/22/2012 4:48:24 PM PDT by Little Bill
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...genes don't act.

This Gene does!

21 posted on 07/22/2012 6:07:23 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: Nateman

Good one!


22 posted on 07/22/2012 10:17:28 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Little Bill

;’)

“I don’t think I’ll get married again. I’ll just find a woman I don’t like and give her a house.” — Lewis Grizzard


23 posted on 07/23/2012 8:03:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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