Computational Modeling of Genetic Processes

by Ian McQuillan, University of Western Ontario

We will computationally model and study two specific genetic processes: the inherent method of gene scrambling/descrambling present in stichotrichous ciliates and the data compression used in some viral genomes. We will formalize each system and analyze each computationally and combinatorially.

By establishing similarities between these processes and computer science, one can use the methods and concepts already available to computer scientists in their study. After doing so, we will discuss the relevance of the proposed and obtained results to our biological comprehension, to our acceptance of various hypotheses and also to theoretical computer science.

Further work on these and other systems using this approach and establishing general connections between the two fields are discussed.