An interview with Naren Ramakrishnan, a professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, about his research into chemical switches in cells. With the aid of supercomputers, researchers have been able to model the interaction of thousands of groups of molecules that behave as switches. Each set of interactions reads almost like an electrical circuit. They have generated a hefty catalog of possible biochemical switches. Each switch involves at least three molecules. Remarkably, some of the modeled circuits have already been identified and described by biochemists in real biological circuits.
Credit: Video - Virginia Tech and National Science Foundation
Still - Naren Ramakrishnan, Virginia Tech