Molecular implementation of computational components

Gerald G. Owenson, Martyn Amos, David A. Hodgson, Alan Gibbons

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Complex natural processes may often be expressed in terms of networks of computational components, such as Boolean logic gates or artificial neurons. The interaction of biological molecules and the flow of information controlling the development and behaviour of organisms is particularly amenable to this approach, and these models are well established in the biological community. However, only relatively recently have papers appeared proposing the use of such systems to perform useful, human-defined tasks. Rather than merely using the network analogy as a convenient technique for clarifying our understanding of complex systems, it may now be possible to harness the power of such systems for the purposes of computation. We review several such proposals, focusing on the molecular implementation of fundamental computational elements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1999 Congress on Evolutionary Computation-CEC99
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0-7803-5536-9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event1999 Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 1999 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 6 Jul 19999 Jul 1999


Conference1999 Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC


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