IGEM:MIT/2005/Endy Lecture 2.0: Abstraction

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Endy Lecture 2.0

Abstraction

Drew's handout

06/08/2005

Standards

  • Cells
  • Parts
  • Assembly

Decoupling

  • Design/build – manage different projects to solve one problem

Abstraction

  • Manage complexity
  • Hide information
    • e.g. Gerry Sussman’s example of magnetic field of wire upon coiling.

Abstraction Hierarchy

  • 0.Chassis - cell in which the system resides
  • 1.Systems – combination of devices that does something
  • 2.Devices – combination of parts that does something
  • 3.Parts – piece of DNA that does something, basic biological function
  • 4.DNA – genetic material
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