Biology is fundamentally discrete, based on sets of nucleic and amino acids combined into genes and proteins. And computers are fundamentally discrete, based on bits of data processed by logic gates. The latter have long been used to study the former, but a range of emerging technologies are now making it possible to directly convert between these representations. Just as analog/digital and digital/analog converters provide the interface between computers and the physical world of sensors and actuators, "biology/digital" and "digital/biology" converters are allowing computers to create and control biological worlds. This workshop will gather researchers working at the boundary between bits and biology, to explore common themes and identify future opportunities.
The meeting is open but requires registration based on available space. To register send your name and any institutional affiliation you'd like to list to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1, 2014 E14 6th floor
May 2, 2014 E14 3rd floor
2:00-3:30 Media Lab Conversations Series