CFDRC scientist, Ravishankar Vallabhajosyula, has been collaborating with Cornell University, Vanderbilt University, and Hudson Alpha Institute to demonstrate that a computer can analyze raw experimental data from a biological system and derive the basic mathematical equations that describe the way the system operates. According to the researchers, it is one of the most complex scientific modeling problems that a computer has solved completely from scratch. For more information, see following links.
The paper that describes this accomplishment is published in the October 2011 issue of the journal Physical Biology and is currently available online. http://iopscience.iop.org/1478-3975/8/5/055011