Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science

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DNA Computing

  • Martyn Amos
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27737-5_131-3

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. Although its theoretical history dates back to the late 1950s, the notion of computing with molecules was only physically realized in 1994, when Leonard Adleman demonstrated in the laboratory the solution of a small instance of a well-known problem in combinatorics using standard tools of molecular biology. Since this initial experiment, interest in DNA computing has increased dramatically, and it is now a well-established area of research. As we expand our understanding of how biological and chemical systems process information, opportunities arise for new applications of molecular devices in bioinformatics, nanotechnology,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computing and MathematicsManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK