OpenWorm: A Digital Organism In Your Browser

OpenWorm is an international open science project to simulate the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans at the cellular level in silico. Although the long term goal is to model all 959 cells of the C. elegans, the first stage is to model the worm’s locomotion by simulating the 302 neurons and 95 muscle cells. This bottom up simulation is being pursued by the OpenWorm community. So far the physics engine Sibernetic has been built and models of the neural connectome and a muscle cell have been created in the NeuroML format. A 3D model of the worm anatomy can be accessed through the web via the OpenWorm browser. The OpenWorm project is also contributing to develop the Geppetto simulation framework, a web-based multi-algorithm, multi-scale simulation platform engineered to support the simulation of the whole organism.

OpenWorm browser

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