Title of Project

Gray Code Representation of Genetic Triplets

Researcher Information

Krisn Ramcharitar

Project Type

Event

Location

Alvin Sherman Library 2053

Start Date

4-4-2003 12:00 AM

End Date

4-4-2003 12:00 AM

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Gray Code Representation of Genetic Triplets

Alvin Sherman Library 2053

Since the completion of the mapping of the human genome, much research has been undertaken in the area of genetics to discover which genes govern which aspects of human development. Due to the complexity of this task, researchers must rely on computers to perform a variety of computations. However, DNA does not easily lend itself to representation on computers and must be translated to a different form.

The objective of this project is to represent the triplets in the genetic code of humans as special binary codes, known as Gray Codes. The aim is that the large body of research already available on gray codes can be applied to DNA thereby revealing new perspectives on genetic code. Furthermore, gray codes are a natural way for computers to represent information, meaning that once a triplet sequence has been represented as a gray code sequence, all manner of data manipulation can be applied to it. This has the capacity to accelerate the rate at which research on genetic code can be performed, because software can take advantage of the gray code representation.