Contributors to the Great Debate
Dr Martyn Amos is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of
Computing and Mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
He graduated in Computer Science from Coventry University in 1993, before obtaining the world's first Ph.D. in DNA computing in 1997, from the University of Warwick. He then held a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship, before taking up academic appointments at the Universities of Liverpool (2000-2002) and Exeter (2002-2006).
Martyn Amos was on the panel at
Genesis Machines: Engineering Life in December 2006.
Genesis Machines: The New Science of Biocomputation by
The next generation of computers are coming - and they're like nothing we've seen before.
Scientists are turning away from silicon chips and instead are using real, wet, squishy,
perhaps even living biology to build machines that could change the world forever. Cells,
gels and DNA strands are the 'wetware' of the twenty-first century. Imagine taking cells
from a cancer patient and programming them to be able to detect disease and prompt the
body to cure itself. Or how about clothes woven with microchips and nanofibres to form
wearable bio-weapons detection systems? Both revolutionary applications may be widespread
in just ten years time. Exactly what breed of computer does the future hold? In this
exhilarating book, the foremost expert in the field describes how this new technology will
change the way we think - not just about computers, but about life itself.
Computing (Genomics & Bioinformatics) by Martyn Amos (Editor)
The completion of the first draft of the human genome has led to an explosion of interest
in genetics and molecular biology. The view of the genome as a network of interacting
computational components is well-established, but researchers are now trying to reverse
the analogy, by using living organisms to construct logic circuits. The potential applications
for such technologies is huge, ranging from bio-sensors, through industrial applications to
drug delivery and diagnostics. This book is the first to deal with the implementation of this
technology, describing several working experimental demonstrations using cells as components
of logic circuits, building toward computers incorporating biological components in their
and Experimental DNA Computation (Natural Computing) by Martyn Amos
This book provides a broad overview of the entire field of DNA computation, tracing its
history and development. It contains detailed descriptions of all major theoretical models
and experimental results to date, which are lacking in existing texts, and discusses potential
future developments. It also provides a useful reference source for researchers and students,
and an accessible introduction for people new to the field.The field of DNA computation has
flourished since the publication of Adleman's seminal article, in which he demonstrated for
the first time how a computation may be performed at a molecular level by performing standard
operations on a tube of DNA strands. This monograph provides a detailed survey of the field,
before describing recent theoretical and experimental developments. It concludes by outlining
the challenges faced by researchers in the field and suggests possible future directions.
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