Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory created an advanced simulation which can reproduce the specific behavior of every atom which can be found inside a single human gene.
The feat is quite impressive since it involves the tracking of more than a billion individual parts which move at the same time. The team is already looking forward to a new generation of supercomputers which should have enough calculation power to model a complete chromosome or the entirety of the human genome.
The new model will give the scientist the chance to learn more about the behavior of DNA models as the simulation was built from the ground up to be a useful tool that could advance medicine.
New genetic simulation defines the behavior of every atom in a human gene
Atomic medicine is a relatively young field which desires to unlock the knowledge hidden in the atoms of our body. Is as already thought that the simulation will allow researchers to observe the specific manner in which genes turn on and off, information which could be used to track down the exact causes of many diseases.
At this point, the simulation moves at a slow pace, and it is only able to model one nanosecond of molecular activity within 24 hours. The lack of speed is justified by the complexity of the simulation, which harnesses the entire computational power to keep track of all the atoms.
Many nations are currently working on supercomputers, and the US is now in the first place as the Summit supercomputer remains the most powerful in the world. Unlike other supercomputers, Summit can work with AI as processes an enormous amount of data each day.
The race to create a superior supercomputer continues and Intel has already announced that the company is working on a device which should be able to outperform existing devices. As superior technology will become available in the future, the researchers will continue their project, and they may uncover valuable information.