A Coding Theory Framework for Genetic Sequence Analysis

David Schmidt, University of Illinois

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Transfer of biological information can be modeled as a communication channel with the DNA sequence as the input and the amino acid sequence which forms protein as the channel output. Previous work showed that error control coding can be used to describe the translation initiation region in an average sense. In particular, block codes and convolutional codes decoded by a genetic algorithm have been considered. This poster will describe what models are currently being considered and how closely they approximate the actual genetic translation channel.

Abstract Author(s): David Schmidt, Elebeoba E. May