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Dr. Jai Maharaj

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Researchers find surprising similarities between genetic and computer codes
Posted: Apr 7, 2013 1:39 AM
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Researchers find surprising similarities between genetic
and computer codes
March 29, 2013

( - The term "survival of the fittest" refers
to natural selection in biological systems, but Darwin's
theory may apply more broadly than that. New research
from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National
Laboratory shows that this evolutionary theory also
applies to technological systems.

Computational biologist Sergei Maslov of Brookhaven
National Laboratory worked with graduate student Tin Yau
Pang from Stony Brook University to compare the frequency
with which components "survive" in two complex systems:
bacterial genomes and operating systems on Linux
computers. Their work is published in the Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences.

Maslov and Pang set out to determine not only why some
specialized genes or computer programs are very common
while others are fairly rare, but to see how many
components in any system are so important that they can't
be eliminated. "If a bacteria genome doesn't have a
particular gene, it will be dead on arrival," Maslov
said. "How many of those genes are there? The same goes
for large software systems. They have multiple components
that work together and the systems require just the right
components working together to thrive.'"

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