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Microsystems for Bioelectronics, 2nd Edition by Victor V. Zhirnov, Ralph K. Cavin III

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Chapter 8

Micron-sized systems: in carbo vs. in silico

Abstract

In a sense, all preceding chapters have been pointing toward a comparison between the information-processing capabilities of the living cell with those of the nanomorphic cell, which is composed of ultimately scaled electronic components, and such a comparison is undertaken in this chapter. Much of the chapter is devoted to describing the current understanding of how the living cell accomplishes its replication mission. In particular, the Escherichia coli cell is chosen because it has been the subject of systematic study for many years, much is known about its operational mechanisms, and quantitative data are available on its structure and parameters. Moreover, the E. coli ...

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