Applications and ethics of computer-designed organisms

M. Levin*, J. Bongard, J. E. Lunshof

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    Abstract

    Computer-designed organisms - biobots, such as xenobots - are at the intersection of synthetic developmental biology and machine learning. This technology, which enables the evolution of real, living forms to take place in a virtual world, is part of an emerging new research field with applications in biomedicine and engineering, and raises profound philosophical questions.

    Michael Levin and colleagues discuss how computer-designed organisms ? biobots and xenobots ? are driving a new research field with applications in biomedicine and engineering, and associated ethical and philosophical questions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)655-656
    Number of pages2
    JournalNature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
    Volume21
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 11-Aug-2020

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