March 15, 2018 (Vol. 38, No. 6)
Strong Points: Information about various projects, engaging OpenWorm browser
Weak Points: Some display issues with OpenWorm browser menu
The OpenWorm project has the ambitious goal to “create the first virtual organism in a computer.” On the project’s website, visitors can learn more about this exciting open-source initiative, which encompasses a number of ongoing projects. Each project can be explored further by clicking on the corresponding banners on the home page; however, a highlight of the OpenWorm site is the OpenWorm browser. This interface, which is accessed through the “explore the worm” link located at the top right of the website, allows users to explore the various body systems of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans in an interactive fashion. As users toggle on/off the nervous system, musculature, and organs, they are able to zoom in and out of the model worm and click on individual components to reveal their names. The graphics load quickly within the web interface, though the menu itself seems to have some glitches.