BioModels : Open Source Computational Systems Biology

April 14th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Biology, Biotech, Computing, Mathematics | No Comments »

The recently launched BioModels Database (April 11,2005), by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the SBML Team, promises to be a great resource for quantitative modeling of complex systems. Using a the widely accepted, Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML), an open-source computer language, this database, for the first time, will allow for an open exchange of biological models while providing cross-referencing. As complex computational systems strive to emulate the efficiency of biological systems, this database will surely prove to be indispensable for computer modelers. (image: Delwich Lab)

via BiologyNews

The Los Alamos Bug : Mixing Chemicals to Create Life

February 9th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Biotech, Technology | 2 Comments »

Norman Packard and his team at ProtoLife are among several research groups racing to create the first artificial life form. Although the ProtoLife group’s proposal to create life out of chemicals through technologies like PACE (Programmable Artificial Cell Evolution) is at least 10 years away, the questions raised stir our fundamental understanding of life. Is a self-replicating ‘cell’ made of synthetic materials alive? A widely accepted definition of life requires the ability to reproduce and undergo natural selection. Packard’s synthetic ‘Los Alamos Bug’ would do just that.

via New Scientist

Synthetic Biology

January 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Biotech, Technology | No Comments »


Electronic circuitry is to computers as synthetic biology is to living organisms. Life is being built from scratch.

via Wired

Insect Powered Robot

December 31st, 2004 | Filed under: Biotech, Mechanical Tech, Technology | 1 Comment »


Scientists at the University of the West of England (UWE) have designed a robot that does not require batteries or electricity to power itself.

Instead, it generates energy by catching and eating houseflies.

Dr Chris Melhuish and his Bristol-based team hope the robot, called EcoBot II, will one day be sent into zones too dangerous for humans, potentially proving invaluable in military, security and industrial areas.

via CNN