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Building a Digital Lifeform Through an Open Source Project
Posted By Mary Canady On October 19, 2012 @ 6:05 pm In Featured,SDBN Blog | No Comments
Stephen Larson, panelist for our October 22nd ScienceOnline event , describes the OpenWorm project, a fascinating initiative that demonstrates the power of researchers working together online.
With well funded efforts like DARPA’s synapse project  and the Blue Brain project  it seems like it would be difficult. But that’s what the passionate group behind the OpenWorm project  believe and have been making it a reality for the past year. Some basic facts about the project:
The project has already produced a “Worm Browser”  that allows anyone to see the anatomy of the organism that is being simulated. The project has also made great progress in marshalling the facts that are known about this organism into a “connectome” that can be simulated . Finally, the project recently published a paper  that outlines its previous work and points directions to the future.
We need help! If you are interested in helping out, whether or not you have any special expertise, please send an email to email@example.com  or check out the contact page on the website for more ways to connect !
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URLs in this post:
 October 22nd ScienceOnline event: http://sdbn.org/october
 Image: http://www.openworm.org/
 DARPA’s synapse project: http://www.artificialbrains.com/darpa-synapse-program
 Blue Brain project: http://www.artificialbrains.com/blue-brain-project
 OpenWorm project: http://openworm.org
 computational platform: http://code.google.com/p/openworm/wiki/SimulationFrameworkConcepts
 the most well studied microorganism in biology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caenorhabditis_elegans
 GitHub: https://github.com/openworm
 distributed volunteer effort of individuals in Russia, U.K, Ireland, and the United States: http://www.openworm.org/index.html#/people
 “Worm Browser”: http://browser.openworm.org
 “connectome” that can be simulated: http://figurezero.com/fz/kkw9tQY7aa
 published a paper: http://iospress.metapress.com/content/p61284485326g608/?p=5e3b5e96ad274eb5af0001971360de3e&pi=4
 firstname.lastname@example.org: mailto:email@example.com
 contact page on the website for more ways to connect: http://www.openworm.org/index.html#/contacts
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