DNA-based molecular architecture with spatially localized components

Richard A. Muscat, Karin Strauss, Luis Ceze, Georg Seelig
2013 Proceedings of the 40th Annual International Symposium on Computer Architecture - ISCA '13  
Performing computation inside living cells offers life-changing applications, from improved medical diagnostics to better cancer therapy to intelligent drugs. Due to its bio-compatibility and ease of engineering, one promising approach for performing in-vivo computation is DNA strand displacement. This paper introduces computer architects to DNA strand displacement "circuits", discusses associated architectural challenges, and proposes a new organization that provides practical composability.
more » ... particular, prior approaches rely mostly on stochastic interaction of freely diffusing components. This paper proposes practical spatial isolation of components, leading to more easily designed DNA-based circuits. DNA nanotechnology is currently at a turning point, with many proposed applications being realized [20, 9] . We believe that it is time for the computer architecture community to take notice and contribute.
doi:10.1145/2485922.2485938 dblp:conf/isca/MuscatSCS13 fatcat:kg3iqjd5znh43hb55geyj3dvhi