Splicing to the Limit

  • Elizabeth Goode
  • Dennis Pixton
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2950)


We consider the result of a wet splicing procedure after the reaction has run to its completion, or limit, and we try to describe the molecules that will be present at this final stage. In language theoretic terms the splicing procedure is modeled as an H system, and the molecules that we want to consider correspond to a subset of the splicing language which we call the limit language. We give a number of examples, including one based on differential equations, and we propose a definition for the limit language. With this definition we prove that a language is regular if and only if it is the limit language of a reflexive and symmetric splicing system.


Molecular Type Limit Language Regular Language Site Class Discrete Apply Mathematic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Goode
    • 1
  • Dennis Pixton
    • 2
  1. 1.Mathematics DepartmentTowson UniversityTowsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical SciencesBinghamton UniversityBinghamtonUSA

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