Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

2009 Edition
| Editors: Robert A. Meyers (Editor-in-Chief)

Bacterial Computing

  • Martyn Amos
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30440-3_28

Definition of the Subject

Bacterial computing is a conceptual subset of synthetic biology, which is itself an emerging scientificdiscipline largely concerned with the engineering of biological systems. The goals of synthetic biology may be looselypartioned into four sets: (1) To better understand the fundamental operation of the biological system being engineered, (2) To extend synthetic chemistry ,and create improved systems for the synthesis of molecules, (3) To investigate the “optimization” of existing biological systems for humanpurposes, (4) To develop and apply rational engineering principles to the design and construction of biologicalsystems. It is on these last two goals that we focus in the current article.

The main benefits that may accrue from these studies are both theoretical and practical; the construction and study of synthetic biosystems couldimprove our quantitative understanding of the fundamental underlying processes, as well as suggesting plausible applications in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martyn Amos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computing and MathematicsManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK