On the origin of synthetic life: attribution of output to a particular algorithm

  title={On the origin of synthetic life: attribution of output to a particular algorithm},
  author={Roman V Yampolskiy},
  journal={Physica Scripta},
With unprecedented advances in genetic engineering we are starting to see progressively more original examples of synthetic life. As such organisms become more common it is desirable to gain an ability to distinguish between natural and artificial life forms. In this paper, we address this challenge as a generalized version of Darwin’s original problem, which he so brilliantly described in On the Origin of Species. After formalizing the problem of determining the samples’ origin, we demonstrate… 

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