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Physical Sciences and Mathematics

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2016

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A Roadmap To Safe And Reliable Engineered Biological Nano-Communication Networks, Justin W. Firestone Apr 2016

A Roadmap To Safe And Reliable Engineered Biological Nano-Communication Networks, Justin W. Firestone

Computer Science and Engineering: Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research

Synthetic biology has the potential to benefit society with novel applications that can improve soil quality, produce biofuels, grow customized biological tissue, and perform intelligent drug delivery, among many other possibilities. Engineers are creating techniques to program living cells, inserting new logic, and leveraging cell-to-cell communication, which result in changes to a cell's core functionality. Using these techniques, we can now create synthetic biological organisms (SBOs) with entirely new (potentially unseen) behaviors, which, similar to silicon devices, can sense, actuate, perform computation, and interconnect with other networks at the nanoscale level. SBOs are programmable evolving entities, and can be ...