DNA Computing

  • Martyn AmosEmail author
Reference work entry
Part of the Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science Series book series (ECSSS)



Deoxyribonucleic acid. Molecule that encodes the genetic information of cellular organisms. Enzyme protein that catalyzes a biochemical reaction.


Branch of science and engineering dedicated to the construction of artifacts and devices at the nanometer scale.


Ribonucleic acid. Molecule similar to DNA, which helps in the conversion of genetic information to proteins.

Satisfiability (SAT)

Problem in complexity theory. An instance of the problem is defined by a Boolean expression with a number of variables, and the problem is to identify a set of variable assignments that makes the whole expression true.

Definition of the Subject

DNA computing (or, more generally, biomolecular computing) is a relatively new field of study that is concerned with the use of biological molecules as fundamental components of computing devices. It draws on concepts and expertise from fields as diverse as chemistry, computer science, molecular biology, physics, and mathematics....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computing and MathematicsManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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