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Software for cell simulation
- Chaitanya Athale
© BioMed Central Ltd 2002
- Received: 21 January 2002
- Published: 28 February 2002
The E-CELL simulation environment site is dedicated to the software tool E-CELL, which simulates biochemical interactions in cells in order to understand regulation at the level of a whole cell or organelle
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The E-CELL simulation environment site is dedicated to the software tool E-CELL, which simulates biochemical interactions in cells in order to understand regulation at the level of a whole cell or organelle. The primary focus of the site is software engineering of the E-CELL environment, unlike many other cell-simulation sites that focus more on biological applications, such as understanding metabolism, signaling, growth and development. The site offers developers the source code of versions 1.x and 2.x of E-CELL (3.x is currently in development), and a comprehensive collaborative platform courtesy of Bioinformatics.Org, which is a not-for-profit academia-based virtual lab that facilitates open-source software development and the exchange of bioinformatics research. Users can download the program in Linux or Windows formats, and an HTML or postscript users manual is also available. The pages discussing the latest news on E-CELL version 3.x, which is still in development, are the most interesting for developers, since they point to the vision for a 'community standard platform for at least 10-15 years'. For the users of the tool, the E-CELL project homepage will prove more useful, since it discusses modeling issues.
The site was last updated on 11 November 2001.
The multitude of features on offer for collaboration and exchanges between and within the developer and user communities is by far the best aspect of the site.
A lack of discussion about results obtained with the stable E-CELL version (version 1.x ) is the biggest deficiency.
Discussions about results obtained with E-CELL and a list of related and similar sites.
The older E-CELL site hosts a user manual, literature, models, a user mailing-list and information about Masaru Tomita's group, who created E-CELL. This site has links to the lab in which the E-CELL project started - the Bioinformatics Laboratory at Keio University - and the Institute for Advanced Biosciences, Keio University, where further work on the project, including the application of E-CELL to optimal industrial-microbe design, is planned. Tools similar to E-CELL are also available at the websites for GEPASI, a biochemical network simulator, and GENESIS, a tool for simulating neural genetic and physiological networks on both the single-cell and systems scale.