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in silicoadjective Computationally, as opposed to in vitro or in vivo.
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in silico(sĭ′lĭ-kō) [NL fm. L. silex, flint]
The mimicking or modeling of biological processes within computer hardware and software.
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in silicoliterally ‘in silicon’, i.e. ‘in the computer’; referring to analysis or experimentation carried out in a computer environment, rather than in the laboratory (IN VITRO), or in animals/plants/ microorganisms (IN VIVO). Given the increasing amount of genetic and molecular data available (from, for example, the HUMAN GENOME PROJECT), computational models could be used as virtual laboratories to test hypotheses rapidly and to prioritize empirical research. In silico technologies should facilitate advances in medical science, such as drug discovery and development.
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