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Can computers help to explain biology?

The road leading from computer formalisms to explaining biological function will be difficult, but Roger Brent and Jehoshua Bruck suggest three hopeful paths that could take us closer to this goal.

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Figure 1: Biological systems (right) have similarities and differences to von Neumann computers (left).

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We are grateful to L. Lok, K. Tahashashi, D. Endy, O. Resnekov, P. Rabinow, D. Gillespie, M. Cook and M. Riedel for useful discussions and comments on the manuscript.

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Brent, R., Bruck, J. Can computers help to explain biology?. Nature 440, 416–417 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/440416a

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