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- Gabriel Wu 23:15, 17 April 2013 (EDT): Embryonic devleopment is a complex algorithm. It involves an interplay of many steps and timing is critical. Do you think maybe an aspiration (ambitious, I admit) of all these genetic circuits is to mimic the development of biological structures? This relates a little bit to the call scaffolding and printing idea. But, maybe the long term goal of all these genetic circuits is to create a cell that will grow and differentiate according to a design defined by a series of genetic circuits, which will ultimately lead to programs as phenotypically relevant as a developing embryo?
- Benjamin Gilman 15:43, 18 April 2013 (EDT): And to think, we're still just trying to make a non-permanent off-switch that actually works.
- Dwight Tyler Fields 15:24, 29 April 2013 (EDT): If I understand your question correctly, it's a truly interesting topic because it's something completely outside the realm of analogies to traditional computer science, electrical engineering and robotics. "Self-replication" and/or "reproduction" of computer programs or silicon structures is not currently possible or well studied, even within AI (artificial intelligence).
- Dwight Tyler Fields 15:32, 29 April 2013 (EDT): Here's a pseudo-relevant paper to Gabe's comment 
- Siddharth Das 14:30, 22 April 2013 (EDT): I'm surprised this didn't get many comments?! Maybe we can discuss who are opponents and proponents of synthetic circuits in class and why. Just to get a perspective.