OpenWorm Is An Open-Source Virtual Worm, Accurate In Every Way

Shaunacy Ferro | | May 2, 2013

An international programming project aims to create virtual nematode life.

Predictive models are essential in engineering fields, but less common in biology, though accurate simulations of living organisms could help us understand disease, drug efficacy and neuroscience.

OpenWorm, a new open-source project devoted to creating a complete virtual model of a worm, aims to bring simulation into the living world by creating a digital organism--C. elegans, a nematode commonly used as a model organism in biology research.