Computers were made for biology. Biology would never have advanced as it did without the dramatic increase in computer power and availability. One day we would like to be able to simulate complicated biological processes, perhaps even going from the genomic sequence to a full simulation of the organism’s phenotype.
Michael Levitt of Stanford University, one of three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. From a 2001 paper titled “The birth of computation structural biology.”
By way of Nature News blog post “Nobels 2013: Chemistry prize goes to computer modellers.”
Organic Cinema is an interesting prototype that tries to bridge two distinct systems through data visualisation and accessible arduino code and electronics.
The live feed on the left uses 600x microscopy and a visual detection algorithm to amplify facets of the microbial ecosystem the plant is interacting with.
The feed on the left visualises the plants vital signs through electrical impluses and a data viz that is attentive to the disparity in time-cycles for a plant’s sensorium and human perception
Kasia Molga & World Wilder Lab in collaboration with Ivan Henriques and Erik Overmeire, Backyard Brains, and Leiden University professor Bert van Dujin and his student