Tuesday, March 28, 2006

In Vivo - In Silico

Virtual Virus:

Using a real-life virus as a model, researchers have built a virtual version using more than a million digital atoms.
Scientists have previously simulated small pieces of living cells, but researchers say this is the first digital simulation of an entire life form.
I see this article as evidence for the next computer driven revolution of science: scientific theories not expressed, shared and combined in natural language but as simulations and knowledge bases.

This may also be a major application area for the "Semantic Technologies" currently developed (as opposed to the "Semantic Web" - for which all this OWL stuff is too complicated anyway).

Of course I'm neither the only nor the first to say this: you can read more about this in Grand Challenges For IT Research or Natures Future of Scientific Computing.