Very interesting article: Profiler at the Cellular Level about building a diagnostic biological computing network to detect cancer cells in humans. I’ve seen many talks on biocomputing that have proposed cancer detection as a motivating problem. However, this is the first time I’ve seen researchers directly attacking this problem.
From what I understand about this research area, reliability is still a major problem. In particular, biological gates are significantly less reliable than silicon gates, and it’s unclear how to best improve reliability in the case where large biological circuits are needed. This might lead to some very interesting problems in network reliability.
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