Computation in Living Cells
Dr. Voigt will describe the development of the first language to program cells. The function of electronic chips can be encoded in DNA and run by the cell. This allows computational control over biological processes; in other words, defining the conditions for different genes to be turned on and controlling how the cell responds to its environment. This can be used to introduce control algorithms into cells producing chemicals in a fermenter, survey soil conditions and control plant growth, or navigate the human body as a living therapeutic.