PerspectiveComputational Biology

Biological Information Processing: Bits of Progress

Science  22 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5329, pp. 1060-1061
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5329.1060

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At a meeting held in Hanover, Germany, from 2 to 4 March 1997, researchers from a wide range of disciplines met to discuss information processing. Several common principles seem to apply across biological fields. Two themes emerged: Biochemical pathways are used in many contexts for computation, and pulses serve to code information in a variety of systems.