Hungarian scientist helps build a digital creature

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Hungarian scientist Balázs Szigeti is participating in an open science project entitled OpenWorm, in which researchers are trying to create a digital three dimensional model of a nematode (or roundworm), Hungarian online daily 444.hu reported earlier this week.

The project has just been awarded with a $120,000 grant collected on Kickstarter. The object of the current project is to create a biologically realistic model of the roundworm baptized as C. elegans. C. elegans is a worm playing an important role in biology as it is easy to study and thus has been used for many experiments, according to the report. The creation of the model might help experts understand the nervous system more.

The project is an open one, which means that all the findings and source codes are published immediately, thus anyone can add to the research conducted by Szigeti and the 11 other international researchers participants.

According to Szigeti, the present research might contribute to the research in AI (artificial intelligence), which started in the 1950s and has been in the spotlight for the past half decade.

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