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In vivo systems biology: Using computer models, systems biologists can predict complicated behavior of cells in living animals

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TechAndComputer (Mar. 25, 2011) — Biological systems, including cells, tissues and organs, can function properly only when their parts are working in harmony. These systems are often dauntingly complex: Inside a single cell, thousands of proteins interact with each other to determine how the cell will develop and respond to its environment.

To understand this great complexity, a growing number of biologists and bioengineers are turning to...

TechAndComputer (Mar. 25, 2011) — Biological systems, including cells, tissues and organs, can function properly only when their parts are working in harmony. These systems are often dauntingly complex: Inside a single cell, thousands of proteins interact with each other to determine how the cell...

Scientists hope to cut years off development time of new antibiotics

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TechAndComputer (Feb. 12, 2011) — Eliminating tens of thousands of manual lab experiments, two University of Houston (UH) professors are working toward a method to cut the development time of new antibiotics. While current practices typically last for more than a decade, a computerized modeling system being developed at UH will speed up this process.

Vincent Tam, associate professor of clinical sciences, and Michael Nikolaou, professor of...

TechAndComputer (Feb. 12, 2011) — Eliminating...

Social networking provides insights into leadership, trust and mobility

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TechAndComputer (Jan. 28, 2011) — The rise of social media has allowed people to connect and re-connect with friends, colleagues and family from across the world. A new paper by University of Minnesota computer scientists in the College of Science and Engineering provides insights into how the analysis of our social networking interactions could discover things like the emergence or decline of leadership, changes in trust over time, and...

TechAndComputer (Jan. 28, 2011) — The rise of...

New annotated database sifts through mountains of sequencing data to find gene promoters

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TechAndComputer (Dec. 23, 2010) — Researchers at The Wistar Institute announce the release of an online tool that will help scientists find "gene promoters" -- regions along a DNA strand that tell a cell's transcription machinery where to start reading in order to create a particular protein. The Mammalian Promoter Database (MPromDb) integrates the genome sequencing data generated at Wistar with publicly available data on human and mouse...

TechAndComputer (Dec. 23, 2010) — Researchers at...

Supercomputing research opens doors for drug discovery

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TechAndComputer (Dec. 27, 2010) — A quicker and cheaper technique to scan molecular databases developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could put scientists on the fast track to developing new drug treatments.

A team led by Jerome Baudry of the University of Tennessee-ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics adapted a widely used existing software to allow supercomputers such as ORNL's Jaguar to sift through immense...

TechAndComputer (Dec. 27, 2010) — A quicker...