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Bacterial Computing: Using E. coli to Solve the Burnt Pancake Problem

Laurie J. Heyer, Jeffrey L. Poet, Marian L. Broderick, Phillip E. C. Compeau, James O. Dickson and W. Lance Harden
Math Horizons
Vol. 17, No. 3 (February 2010), pp. 5-10
DOI: 10.4169/194762110x489242
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/194762110x489242
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Bacterial Computing: Using E. coli to Solve the Burnt Pancake Problem
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Abstract By building a working computer inside living cells, this interdisciplinary team of students and faculty has given new meaning to “brute force” by employing millions of bacteria to solve a sticky pancake flipping problem.

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