Journal of Computer Science

Membrane Computing as the Paradigm for Modeling Systems Biology

Ravie Chandren Muniyandi and Abdullah Mohd. Zin

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2013.122.127

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 9, Issue 1

Pages 122-127


Membrane computing is a field in computer science that is inspired from the structure and the processes of living cells and is being considered as an alternative in solving the limitations in conventional mathematical approaches by taking into consideration its essential features that are of interest for research in systems biology. Advancements in computability make it feasible to handle huge volumes of data in biology and propose a new and better approach using a discreet computer science model, such as membrane computing. In this respect, membrane-computing abilities, to enhance the understanding of the system level of biological systems, have been explored. This study discusses experiences in applying membrane computing in modeling biological systems as well as possibilities of incorporating membrane computing into other computer science paradigms to enhance the use of membrane computing in systems biology. Experiences in modeling aspects of systems biology with membrane computing demonstrate additional advantages and possibilities compared with conventional methods. However, they are not yet used widely to model or simulate biological processes or systems. A general framework of modeling and verifying biological systems using membrane computing is essential as a guideline for biologists in their research in systems biology.


© 2013 Ravie Chandren Muniyandi and Abdullah Mohd. Zin. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.