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Nature. 1995 Jul 27;376(6538):307-12.

Protein molecules as computational elements in living cells.

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  • 1Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK.

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  • Nature 1995 Nov 23;378(6555):419.


Many proteins in living cells appear to have as their primary function the transfer and processing of information, rather than the chemical transformation of metabolic intermediates or the building of cellular structures. Such proteins are functionally linked through allosteric or other mechanisms into biochemical 'circuits' that perform a variety of simple computational tasks including amplification, integration and information storage.

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