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Post The machine
I have this idea of a wonderful machine.

Stuck in my head like a fork.

As input the machine takes an organism. It analyses DNA and epigenomics and makes a map of protein pathways. It figures out exactly how the organism works, then stores the data.

I can query the data. Ask questions like; What does this organism look like? What does it need to sustain itself?

I can scan another organism with the same machine and ask: If this organism interacts with the first, what happens?

The second organism could be food. It could be a virus.

It doesn't sound like an impossible machine.

Weird.

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Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:28 pm
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Post Re: The machine
A bit beyond our current capabilities, though, if we want a map of ALL the protein pathways. Still, it would be awesome. I can just see the looks on my friends' faces as, after 5 years of analysing what a particular pathway does in a particular bacterium, they see a machine do the same thing in a few minutes. :P


Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:56 am
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Poetry in here?
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Written as haiku...

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Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:27 am
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Post Re: The machine
petaflop computers are already around, in five years i think well have the power to map organisms, in ten we will probably be doing it and working out the kinks.

Ive been thinking of a catalog of things like that that would be used as input to evolutionary algorithms that look for certain characteristics of a novel organism designed in a computer. Then after simulation after simulation you would have a creature with desireable traits.

This would be comparing genes and their functions in one organism opposed to multiple organism interaction.


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Post Re: The machine
For now you are that machine. Maybe some day there will be an artificial machine like that, but probably very far away in the future.


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