Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How to Build a Living Computer | Santa Fe Institute

How to Build a Living Computer | Santa Fe Institute The work opens the possibility of distributing biological “computations” over multiple cells that perform different logical functions and communicate with one another through signaling molecules that serve as chemical “wires.” The ability to divide computations among different cells means the cells can be used to build circuits analogous to those in electronics.
“We can use [cells] in a combinatorial way,” Solé says. “Potentially we can generate thousands of different circuits and so implement thousands of different functions.”

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