REQ: Biological Computers

Brian Smith-White smithwhi at students.msu.edu
Wed Oct 5 01:21:00 EST 1994


In Article <1994Oct5.105215.13723 at unix.brighton.ac.uk> "pcw at unix.brighton.ac.uk (The unUnix Manager)" says:
> Hello, I am a final Computer Scientist at University of Brighton.  I wish to
> study Bioloical Computers for my dissertation but I am unable to locate
> any literature on the subject.  If anyone can help I would very grateful
> for a few pointers
Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is a "Biological Computer"? Is that a
computer composed of only organic molecules - no silicon ram, no rare earth 
hard drive, no glass video screen, ..... . Or is a biological computer a 
biological entity - entire organism, tissue, cell of a multicell organism, 
organelle of a eukaryote - that appears to exhibit behavior that is driven
by computation? Might a brain be a suitable candidate for a biological
computer?
> 
> Thanks all
> 
> Paul Warren
> pcw at bton.ac.uk
> 



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