London, Dec. 21: A project aiming to create artificial life has made a new breakthrough – the simulated worm is now able to move.
The Open Worm project’s target is to build a lifelike copy of a nematode roundworm entirely out of computer code, the BBC reported.
This week, the inventors of the worm added code to get the virtual worm wriggling like the real thing.
The Open Worm project began in May 2013, and is now working towards creating Caenorhabditis elegans nematode’s virtual copy.
The worm was the first multicelled organism to have its complete genome mapped.
The worm was slowly built out of code that aimed to replicate C. elegans accurately with each of its 1,000 cells being modelled on computer.
Early work on this project had involved creating a few muscle segments twitch but now the team has a complete worm to work with.
The code allows C. elegans to move around in water at a rate of about 1mm/s. (ANI)