I'm a computer programmer deeply interested in Biology.
I wish to write a computer simulation for cell differentiation. I understand there will be seemingly impossible challenges in doing this. But first I am looking for answers to some basic questions.
- I've learned that a zygote turns into 'embryonic stem cells' which results in the organism. How does the zygote turn into embryonic cells ?
- What are the factors that determine the specialization of embryonic stem cells into more specialized types of cells and how does this transformation take place physically ?
- Where is the data stored which acts as the "guide" for all these processes ? Is it stored in the DNA ? If it's stored in the DNA , is it known how the cells interpret the information in the DNA?
- What are some textbooks I should be referring for this project ?
PS : Pardon my ignorance if these questions sound stupid, but I'm willing to commit time for learning anything needed to do this. Also , I understand all these questions cannot be answered in a few lines. Please provide references/pointers . Thanks !