By Ehud Lamm, Ron Unger

The world of biologically encouraged computing, or organic computation, comprises the improvement of recent, biologically dependent suggestions for fixing tough computational difficulties. A unified evaluate of desktop technology rules encouraged through biology, organic Computation provides the main basic and important recommendations during this zone. within the publication, scholars detect that micro organism converse, that DNA can be utilized for appearing computations, how evolution solves optimization difficulties, that the best way ants set up their nests may be utilized to unravel clustering difficulties, and what the human immune process can educate us approximately conserving desktop networks. The authors speak about extra organic examples corresponding to those, besides the computational recommendations constructed from those situations. The textual content specializes in mobile automata, evolutionary computation, neural networks, and molecular computation. every one bankruptcy explores the organic heritage, describes the computational concepts, offers examples of purposes, discusses attainable editions of the innovations, and comprises routines and strategies. The authors use the examples and workouts to demonstrate key rules and methods. sincerely conveying the essence of the most important computational techniques within the box, this publication brings scholars to the purpose the place they could both produce a operating implementation of the thoughts or successfully use one of many many to be had implementations. furthermore, the innovations mentioned mirror primary rules that may be utilized past bio-inspired computing. Supplementary fabric is obtainable on Dr. Unger's web site.

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5 Reproduction and Heredity One of the main characteristics of the living world is reproduction, a process whereby parents create offspring and pass their characteristics on to them. The information transfer from parent to offspring is called inheritance. Inheritance exists already at the single-cell level as previously noted: a cell can divide and generate two new cells. An important component of inheritance is the passing on of genetic material in the DNA. The term genotype is used to describe the heritable (or genetic) information, and phenotype is used to describe the physical characteristics and behaviors of the organism (which, of course, change over time).

This slug-like structure can react to temperature changes and move as a single entity. In the next chapter we will discuss a computational model that can Introduction and Biological Background ◾ 11 be compared to a colony of simple organisms and will show how systems exhibiting complex collective behavior can be created within the colony. A fundamental difference between a multicellular organism and a colony of single-cell organisms is the differentiation of the cells into different cell types, each of which has unique properties and well-defined roles in the system.

These approaches interact with the approaches described in the previous chapters and expand on them and show which directions this field may develop in the future. The techniques discussed in Chapters 2 through 4 and in Chapter 6 can be applied immediately to solving practical problems, whereas at the moment the notion of molecular computing discussed in Chapter 5 is of less immediate use to programmers. All the models discussed, however, provide insight about biology, about the nature of computation, and about how the two fields relate to each other.

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