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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: From "cells as computation" to "cells as apps" (Forthcoming)
Authors: Bracciali, Andrea
Cataldo, Enrico
Felicioli, Claudio
Marangoni, Roberto
Stano, Pasquale
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Keywords: Synthetic biology
Programmable biology
Living hardware
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Bracciali A, Cataldo E, Felicioli C, Marangoni R & Stano P (2016) From "cells as computation" to "cells as apps" (Forthcoming), Gadducci F, Tavosanis M (ed.) History and Philosophy of Computing: Third International Conference, HaPoC 2015, Pisa, Italy, October 8-11, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, Third International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC 2015), Pisa, Italy, 8.10.2015 - 11.10.2015, Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Series/Report no.: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 487
Abstract: We reflect on the computational aspects that are embedded in life at the molecular and cellular level, where life machinery can be understood as a massively distributed system whose macroscopic behaviour is an emerging property of the interaction of its components. Such a relatively new perspective, clearly pursued by systems biology, is contributing to the view that biology is, in several respects, a quantitative science. The recent developments in biotechnology and synthetic biology, noticeably, are pushing the computational interpretation of biology even further, envisaging the possibility of a programmable biology. Several in-silico, in-vitro and in-vivo results make such a possibility a very concrete one. The long-term implications of such an ”extended” idea of programmable living hardware, as well as the applications that we intend to develop on those ”computers”, pose fundamental questions
Type: Conference Paper
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Affiliation: Computing Science - CSM Dept
University of Pisa
University of Pisa
Sapienza University of Rome

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