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Human metabolism recreated in lab

Software models become more and more sophisticated. The significance of this development is not simply that "real" tissue is no longer required but that the computational techniques now available allow for very fast analysis (faster than "real" time) and also "Darwinian" approaches which home in on "best" solutions by using evolutionary methods.

US researchers say they have created a "virtual" model of all the biochemical reactions that occur in human cells.

They hope the computer model will allow scientists to tinker with metabolic processes to find new treatments for conditions such as high cholesterol.

BBC NEWS | Health | Human metabolism recreated in lab.


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