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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: From cells as computation to cells as apps
Author(s): Bracciali, Andrea
Cataldo, Enrico
Damiano, Luisa
Felicioli, Claudio
Marangoni, Roberto
Stano, Pasquale
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Keywords: Synthetic biology
Programmable biology
Living hardware
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Date Deposited: 22-Aug-2016
Citation: Bracciali A, Cataldo E, Damiano L, Felicioli C, Marangoni R & Stano P (2016) From cells as computation to cells as apps. In: Gadducci F & Tavosanis M (eds.) History and Philosophy of Computing: Third International Conference, HaPoC 2015, Pisa, Italy, October 8-11, 2015, Revised Selected Papers. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 487. Third International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing (HaPoC 2015), Pisa, Italy, 08.10.2015-11.10.2015. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 116-130.
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
DOI Link: 10.1007/978-3-319-47286-7_8
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