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Simulating molecules

  1. Apr 20, 2013 #1
    We can simulate physical movements of atoms and molecules and how they interact with many software like ascalaph or abalone.
    But can we one day simulate complex interaction of molecules like the interactions that happens inside a simple organism like a simple bacteria?
    And going further, can we one day simulate interaction between cells and even simulate a brain (that is at its core only cells interaction)?
     
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  3. Apr 21, 2013 #2

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    With sufficient computing power, there is no reason why it should not be possible. It is easier with some effective models about the components, instead of a simulation of all atoms in the molecules.
    Protein structures and even the combination of multiple proteins, with thousands of atoms in multiple molecules, are explored that way.
     
  4. Apr 21, 2013 #3
    Thats really great, imagine if we could simulate a entire human and simulate conscience, we could learn a lot about the brain and how it works! That would be great!
    And even learn about society and how humans interact, if we could simulate a entire comunity of humans.
    Maybe with the advance of quantum computing we could, very soon make it happen!
     
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