Applications and ethics of computer-designed organismsLevin, M., Bongard, J. & Lunshof, J. E., 11-Aug-2020, In : Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. 21, 11, p. 655-656 2 p.
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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.