Population-based microbial computing: a third wave of synthetic biology?

Amos, Martyn (2014) Population-based microbial computing: a third wave of synthetic biology? International Journal of General Systems, 43 (7). pp. 770-782. ISSN 0308-1079

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03081079.2014.921001

Abstract

Synthetic biology is an emerging research field, in which engineering principles are applied to natural, living systems. A major goal of synthetic biology is to harness the inherent “biological nanotechnology” of living cells for the purposes of computation, production or diagnosis. As the field evolves, it is gradually developing from a single-cell approach (akin to using standalone computers) to a distributed, population-based approach (akin to using networks of connected machines). We anticipate this eventually representing the “third wave” of synthetic biology (the first two waves being the emergence of modules and systems, respectively, with the second wave still yet to peak). In this paper, we review the developments that are leading to this third wave, and describe some of the existing scientific and technological challenges.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: synthetic biology, distributed computing, unconventional computing
Subjects: C900 Others in Biological Sciences
G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 17:14
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35799

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