It has been 30 years since the 'mind of the worm' was published in Philosophical Transactions B (White et al 1986 Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B314, 1-340). Predicting Caenorhabditis elegans' behaviour from its wiring diagram has been an enduring challenge since then. This special theme issue of Philosophical Transactions B combines research from neuroscientists, physicists, mathematicians and engineers to discuss advances in neural activity imaging, behaviour quantification and multiscale simulations, and how they are bringing the goal of whole-animal modelling at cellular resolution within reach.This article is part of a discussion meeting issue 'Connectome to behaviour: modelling C. elegans at cellular resolution'.
Keywords: Caenorhabditis elegans; behaviour; connectome; nervous system; open data; simulation.
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