About 18 million organic compounds are known today - a negligible number if compared to the space of possible organic molecules, estimated to 10^63 substances. Nature offers a glimpse at what is available in this space of possibilities with organised, adaptive, living, thinking matter.
The information paradigm is as essential as are matter and energy for both the understanding and the engineering of complex nano-systems. Accordingly the role of computers science in biology is changing from a tool supplier to providing the concepts necessary to the understanding of living matter. This presentation will offers an overview of the advances made during 2004 and then point towards possible future directions.
Klaus-Peter is lecturer in IAM, a founding member of Bio@ECS, and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Unconventional Computing.