Remarks on Relativisations and DNA Encodings

  • Claudio Ferretti
  • Giancarlo Mauri
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2950)


Biomolecular computing requires the use of carefully crafted DNA words. We compare and integrate two known different theoretical approaches ([2,3]) to the encoding problem for DNA languages: one is based on a relativization of concepts related to comma free codes, the other is a generalization to any given mapping θ of the notion of words appearing as substrings of others. Our first results show which parts of these two formalisms are in fact equivalent. The remaining remarks suggest how to define, to the benefits of laboratory experiments, properties of DNA encodings which merge relativization from [2] and the generality of θ from [3].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Ferretti
    • 1
  • Giancarlo Mauri
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Informatica, Sistemistica e ComunicazioneUniversità degli Studi di Milano-BicoccaMilanoItaly

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