Saturday, December 18, 2010

'Logic Gates' Made to Program Bacteria as Computers

Can you say biocomputer? It's very cool in a geeky programmer/mad scientist kind of way to hear about being able to program living cells to become very tiny computers! Check out the article here!

This is slightly old new

"The purpose of programming cells is not to have them overtake electronic computers, rather, it is to be able to access all of the things that biology can do in a reliable, programmable way."

This is slightly old news though, as you can see here. Last year another group created bacterial computers capable of solving a classic mathematical problem known as the Hamiltonian Path Problem. An extention on previous work last year to produce bacterial computers that could solve the Burnt Pancake Problem.

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