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Computing systems inspired by biological systems (biocomputation) are one possible alternative currently being investigated. Whether it will impact information technology as defined today is still unclear. The field of biocomputation has a twofold definition: the use of biology or biological processes as metaphor, inspiration, or enabler in developing new computing technologies and new areas of computer science; and conversely, the use of information science concepts and tools to explore biology from a different theoretical perspective. In addition to its potential applications, such as DNA computation, nanofabrication, storage devices, sensing, and health care, biocomputation also has implications for basic scientific research. It can provide biologists, for example, with an IT-oriented paradigm for looking at how cells compute or process information, or help computer scientists construct algorithms based on natural systems, such as evolutionary and genetic algorithms. Biocomputing has the potential to be a very powerful tool

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Computing in Science & Engineering  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 6 )