DNA-Based Molecular Communication as a Paradigm for Multi-Parameter Detection of Diseases

Florian Lennert Lau*, Regine Wendt, Stefan Fischer

*Corresponding author for this work


DNA-based molecular communication is a novel paradigm for nanoscale computation and communication that uses self-assembling DNA message molecules. Due to their design, these message molecules can compute mathematical operations while self-assembling. They can be used in DNA-based nanonetworks to detect DNA sequences and compute information for releasing either medication or other molecules. This paradigm avoids many limitations that electromagnetic nanonetworks currently face. This paper presents a variety of novel advantages and use cases for DNA-based molecular communication. For many of those, no feasible solution exists today. DNA-based molecular communication can even detect and consider multiple different DNA sequences for decision-making. Furthermore, it allows for adjustable error correction, immediate treatments, bio-compatibility, and the use of already available materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (ACM NanoCom 2021)
Publication date07.09.2021
Publication statusPublished - 07.09.2021

Research Areas and Centers

  • Centers: Center for Open Innovation in Connected Health (COPICOH)
  • Research Area: Intelligent Systems
  • Academic Focus: Biomedical Engineering

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 409-04 Operating, Communication, Database and Distributed Systems
  • 409-01 Theoretical Computer Science
  • 409-07 Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems


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