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Overview

SimCell is a DCA Cell simulator used to simulate cellular and biochemical processes, calculated by a DCA algorithm. The user, through the use of the SimCell Interface may create:   


1) Small molecules

2) Membrane

3) Membrane proteins (which can only exist in Membranes)

4) Protein/RNA molecules

5) DNA molecules (which are non-mobile), and

6) Genes (which can only exist in Membranes).

These cellular components can then interaction amongst themselves to create fascinating new processes.
These Interactions include:

1) Bind and Stick, 2) Touch and Go, 3) Transport.

After creating the components on the scratch pad/draw pad, the SimCell simulator will then model the processes illustrated on the user interface and simulate. Each simulation iteration represents a SimCell millisecond. In each iteration, based on a random seed, the movable components have the random ability to move in 8 different directions, these include: North, Northeast, East, Southeast, South, Southwest, West and Northwest. Also along with movement, these components are subjected to user defined creation states and decay states, which is also based on the random generator seed.


Along with being able to simulate, the user will also be able to output their results in the form of a graph or a series of screenshots, identical to simulation graphics itself. These results can then be either used to run an animation with the built-in animation viewer or used for personal purposes.
 

 

Publication

David S. Wishart, Robert Yang, David Arndt, Joseph Cruz and Peter Tang. Dynamic cellular automata: a simple but powerful approach to cellular simulation. In Silico Biology.