An Evolutionary Approach to Synthetic Biology: Zen and the Art of Creating Life

@article{Ray1993AnEA,
  title={An Evolutionary Approach to Synthetic Biology: Zen and the Art of Creating Life},
  author={Thomas S. Ray},
  journal={Artificial Life},
  year={1993},
  volume={1},
  pages={179-209}
}
Our concepts of biology, evolution, and complexity are constrained by having observed only a single instance of life, life on earth. A truly comparative biology is needed to extend these concepts. Because we cannot observe life on other planets, we are left with the alternative of creating Artificial Life forms on earth. I will discuss the approach of inoculating evolution by natural selection into the medium of the digital computer. This is not a physical/chemical medium; it is a logical… CONTINUE READING
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