eNews 2008

Paul Brooks Wins Monday's Interactive Session
Paul Brooks, Interactive Session WinnerPaul Brooks, from Virginia Commonwealth University, won today's interactive session and a $750 prize with his display entitled, "MetModel GUI: Software for Building Optimization-Based Models of Cellular Metabolism." MetModel GUI is software for building and analyzing linear programming-based models of cellular metabolism. The models can be used to generate testable hypotheses about the effects of genetic engineering on an organism. Examples of applications include determining how a cellulose-consuming bacterium can be engineered to produce more ethanol, or determining which genetic modifications are lethal for a disease-causing organism.