Toward Interdisciplinary Synergies in Molecular Communications: Perspectives from Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology, Communications Engineering and Philosophy of Science

Malcolm Egan, Murat Kuscu, Michael Taynnan Barros, Michael Booth, Antoni Llopis-Lorente, Maurizio Magarini, Daniel P. Martins, Maximilian Schäfer, Pasquale Stano

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Abstract

Within many chemical and biological systems, both synthetic and natural, communication via chemical messengers is widely viewed as a key feature. Often known as molecular communication, such communication has been a concern in the fields of synthetic biologists, nanotechnologists, communications engineers, and philosophers of science. However, interactions between these fields are currently limited. Nevertheless, the fact that the same basic phenomenon is studied by all of these fields raises the question of whether there are unexploited interdisciplinary synergies. In this paper, we summarize the perspectives of each field on molecular communications, highlight potential synergies, discuss ongoing challenges to exploit these synergies, and present future perspectives for interdisciplinary efforts in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Article number208
JournalLife
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2023

Keywords

  • biological communication
  • information
  • molecular communication

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