Molecular communications are a powerful tool to implement communication functionalities in environments where the use of electromagnetic waves becomes critical, e.g. in the human body. Molecules such as proteins, DNA, RNA sequences are used to carry information. To this aim a novel approach relies on the use of genetically modified bacteria to transport enhanced DNA strands, called plasmids, where information can be encoded and then transferred among bacterial cell using the so called conjugation process. Information transfer is thus based on bacteria motility, i.e. self-propelled motion which under appropriate circumstances is exhibited by certain bacteria, which is still not completely understood. In this paper we propose an analytical model to characterize information spreading in bacterial nanonetworks by employing an epidemic approach similar to the one used to model Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs) and we show that such modeling can be profitably used to represent information spreading in conjugation-based bacterial nanonetworks.

An analytical model of information spreading through conjugation in bacterial nanonetworks

GALLUCCIO, LAURA;PALAZZO, Sergio
2015

Abstract

Molecular communications are a powerful tool to implement communication functionalities in environments where the use of electromagnetic waves becomes critical, e.g. in the human body. Molecules such as proteins, DNA, RNA sequences are used to carry information. To this aim a novel approach relies on the use of genetically modified bacteria to transport enhanced DNA strands, called plasmids, where information can be encoded and then transferred among bacterial cell using the so called conjugation process. Information transfer is thus based on bacteria motility, i.e. self-propelled motion which under appropriate circumstances is exhibited by certain bacteria, which is still not completely understood. In this paper we propose an analytical model to characterize information spreading in bacterial nanonetworks by employing an epidemic approach similar to the one used to model Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs) and we show that such modeling can be profitably used to represent information spreading in conjugation-based bacterial nanonetworks.
978-1-63190-084-6
Information spreading, bacterial nano networks
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