Schizophrenia Simulator: When Chemistry Upends Sanity's Balance

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The schizophrenia simulator is a well-ordered, fine-tuned labyrinth of data from thousands of studies mathed with differential equations to be highly accurate. But the output to users is simple and playful -- a rainbow-colored mobile that displays the dynamics of the brain chemicals' interplay.

Zhen Qi and Eberhard Voit collected and mined data on a major schizophrenia impairment from some 50 labs around the world. They unified the data, applied differential equations and programmed a simulator to mimic the brain chemistry behind it. The simulator is so accurate, it can predict experimental outcomes and may prove useful in the search for treatments.