Biological computation

The term “biological computation” refers, variously, to any of the following:

– the study of the computations performed by natural biota , [1] [2] [3] [4] including the subject matter of systems biology .

the design of algorithms inspired by the computational methods of biota [5]

– the design and engineering of manufactured computational devices using synthetic biology components [6] [7]

– computational biology [8]

When biological computation refers to biology to computers , it is a subfield of computer science and is distinct from the interdisciplinary science of bioinformatics which simply uses computers to better understand biology.


  • Biological computation (2011) by Ehud Lamm and Ron Unger, CRC Press, ISBN  978-1-4200-8796-3 .


  1. Jump up^ Mitchell, M. (2010) Biological Computation.
  2. Jump up^ Didales, K. (2007)Being – Our New Understanding of the Meaning of Life.
  3. Jump up^ Bray, D.Wetware: A Computer in Every Living Cell(2009)ISBN 0-300-14173-4,ISBN 978-0-300-14173-3
  4. Jump up^ NIMBios (2015)Information and Entropy in Biological Systems
  5. Jump up^ Lamm, E. and Unger, R.Biological Computation. Chapman and Hall / CRC, 2011.
  6. Jump up^ Biological Computation Group at MIT – “Archived copy” . Archived from the original on 2013-10-30 . Retrieved 2013-10-23 .
  7. Jump up^ Sergi Regot, Javier Macia, Núria Conde, Kentaro Furukawa, Jimmy Kjellén, Tom Peeters, Stefan Hohmann, Nadal Eulàlia, Francesc Posas & Ricard Solé (2011) Distributed biological computation with multicellular engineered networks.
  8. Jump up^ Biological Computation – Microsoft Research.