Cancer and other biological processes are information-processing systems, just like a computer. The second approach uses programming languages, model checkers, compilers and other programs and algorithms to treat biology in the same way we treat programing. Essentially, they’re looking to debug the flawed cancer cells from within the body.
“We built the computer. We know how it works,” says Andrew Phillips, head of the Bio Computation Group. “We didn’t build the cell, and many of its complex internal workings remain a mystery to us. So we need to understand how the cell computes in order to program it.”