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Programming biology

  August 4/11, 2008
A programming language for simulating biology makes it easier for scientists to create computer models of protein molecules, whole organisms and everything in between. The language, Little b, is modular, allowing users to combine molecule modules to model cells, cell modules to model organisms, etc.

Researchers will be able to create libraries of modules that can be combined and reused, rather than having to model whole biological entities from scratch.

Research paper:
Programming with Models: Modularity and Abstraction Provide Powerful Capabilities for Systems Biology
Journal of the Royal Society Interface, published online, July 22, 2008

Researchers' homepage:
the little b language: shared models built from reusable parts (project page)

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