Computing by self-assembly: DNA molecules, polyominoes, cells

TitleComputing by self-assembly: DNA molecules, polyominoes, cells
Publication TypeContributions to Book Chapters
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGheorghe, M., & Paun G.
EditorsKrasnogor, N., Gustafson S., Pelta D. A., & Verdegay J. L.
Book TitleSystems Self-Assembly: Multidisciplinary Snapshots
ISBN Number978-0-444-52865-0
Place PublishedAmsterdam

Self-assembly is a process that creates complex heirarchical structures through the statistical exploration of alternative configurations. These processes occur without external intervention. Self-Assembly processes are ubiquitous in nature. Understanding how nature produces self-assembled systems will represent an enormous leap forward in our technological capabilities. Robustness and versatility are some of the most important properties of self-assembling natural systems. Although systems where self-assembly occurs, or which are created by a self-assembling process, are remarkably vaired, some common principles are starting to be discerned. The unifying thread throughout the book is the "Computational Nature of Self-Assembling Systems.