RESOURCES: The Numerical Cell

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Science  22 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5721, pp. 475
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5721.475b

Looking for a mathematical model of cellular activities, or have you built one you'd like to share? Drop by the new clearinghouse BioModels from a group of organizations including the European Bioinformatics Institute and the SBML Team, an international consortium developing a computer language for describing cell systems. The site stows 20 published models that simulate everything from the conduction of impulses in a neuron to the sugarmaking reactions of photosynthesis. Visitors can download the models in SBML, which is compatible with a host of cell-simulation programs. Annotations spell out the molecules involved, the reactions they participate in, and their cellular locations. Links to databases supply more information about the molecules and reactions.

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