Some people in this list have been interested in "biological metaphors of
computing" in the past.... (in fact, the Alexanderian theory of patterns
follows a biological metaphor).
In regards to this interest, there are some really interesting publications
from Gerhard Mack at:
Simulation of Complex Systems by Enzymatic Computation
Universal Dynamics, a Unified Theory of Complex Systems. Emergence, Life and
To Gauge Theory from a Minimum of a priori Structure
Gauge Theory of Things Alive and Universal Dynamics
This works merges work in Field Theory, Agents, Cellular Automatas,
Complexity (auto-catalytic processes, replicators, etc.), patterns, software
concepts; that I think makes it very unique.
Btw, the "enzymatic computation" is done in a Lisp-like scripting language,