The construction of a predictive model of an entire eukaryotic cell that describes its dynamic structure from atomic to cellular scales is a grand challenge at the intersection of biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science. Having such a model will open new dimensions in biological research and accelerate healthcare advancements. Developing the necessary experimental and modeling methods presents abundant opportunities for a community effort to realize this goal. Here, we present a vision for creation of a spatiotemporal multi-scale model of the pancreatic β-cell, a relevant target for understanding and modulating the pathogenesis of diabetes.
Keywords: Whole-cell modeling; convergent bioscience; data-driven modeling; diabetes; integrative modeling; modeling of dynamics; multi-scale modeling; pancreatic β–cells; structure modeling.
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