Thursday, February 10, 2005
Cellular Computing, edited by Martyn Amos
Lead volume in the Systems Biology Series, Oxford University Press USA
Published August 2004, ISBN 0195155394.
The completion of the first draft of the human genome has led to an explosion of interest in genetics and molecular biology. The view of the genome as a network of interacting computational components is well-established, but researchers are now trying to reverse the analogy, by using living organisms to construct logic circuits. The potential applications for such technologies is huge, ranging from bio-sensors, through industrial applications to drug delivery and diagnostics. This book is the first to deal with the implementation of this technology, describing several working experimental demonstrations using cells as components of logic circuits, building toward computers incorporating biological components in their functioning.
OK, so the book's been out for six months, but I've only just set up this blog, so I thought I'd give it a mention.