Computing vs. Genetics

Computing vs. Genetics

José M. Barreiro (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) and Juan Pazos (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-996-0.ch010


This chapter first presents the interrelations between computing and genetics, which both are based on information and, particularly, self-reproducing artificial systems. It goes on to examine genetic code from a computational viewpoint. This raises a number of important questions about genetic code. These questions are stated in the form of an as yet unpublished working hypothesis. This hypothesis suggests that many genetic alterations are caused by the last base of certain codons. If this conclusive hypothesis were to be confirmed through experiementation if would be a significant advance for treating many genetic diseases.

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