IECA's mission is to consolidate global efforts to understand a living bacterial cell. Scientists around the world are working together to create a complex computer model, integrating all of the dynamic molecular interactions required for the life of a simple, self-replicating cell. An E.coli cell model will have immediate practical benefits as well as significantly advancing the field of computational systems biology. Generation of a computerized E. coli cell will add powerful new tools to our existing arsenal of discovery, including virtual experimentation and mathematical simulation. Ultimately, these biological and computational tools could be useful in both drug discovery and the design of bioenhanced nano-machines. Furthermore, development of a virtual system for experimentation on the E. coli cell will be extremely useful for understanding more complex cells and contribute to the development and validation of in silico models of human cells.

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Mailing Address:
E. coli Consortium
Lilly Hall of Life Sciences
915 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054