Genetic Programming for the Automatic Synthesis of Metabolic Pathways
Is it possible to start with observed time-domain concentrations of final product substances and automatically create both the topology and the sizing of networks of chemical reactions? In other words, is it possible to automate the process of reverse engineering for a network of chemical reactions? Although it may seem difficult or impossible to automatically infer both the topology and the numerical parameters of a network of chemical reactions from observed data, the results presented in this talk seem to answer this question affirmatively. Genetic programming can automatically create complex networks comprising both graphical structures and numerical values that exhibit prespecified behavior in fields such as analog electrical circuits, controllers, genetic networks, and antennas. In this talk we will present some results obtained by one of the fathers of Genetic programming, John R. Koza, in the field of automatic synthesis of metabolic pathways.