Programmed Mutagenesis Is a Universal Model of Computation
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- Khodor J., Gifford D.K. (2002) Programmed Mutagenesis Is a Universal Model of Computation. In: Jonoska N., Seeman N.C. (eds) DNA Computing. DNA 2001. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 2340. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Programmed mutagenesis is a DNA computing system that uses cycles of DNA annealing, ligation, and polymerization to implement programatic rewriting of DNA sequences. We report that programmed mutagenesis is theoretically universal by showing how Minsky’s 4-symbol 7-state Universal Turing Machine  can be implemented using a programmed mutagenesis system. Each step of the Universal Turing Machine is implemented by four cycles of programmed mutagenesis, and progress is guaranteed by the use of alternate sense strands for each rewriting cycle. The full version of the proof will appear in the special issue of TOCS.
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