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Friday, September 4, 2015

Computers Made of DNA

Organic ‘Computers’ Made of DNA Could Process Data Inside Our Bodies (+Video)

The Conversation | September 3, 2015

We invariably imagine electronic devices to be made from silicon chips, with which computers store and process information as binary digits (zeros and ones) represented by tiny electrical charges. But it need not be this way: among the alternatives to silicon are organic mediums such as DNA.
DNA computing was first demonstrated in 1994 by Leonard Adleman who encoded and solved the travelling salesman problem, a maths problem to find the most efficient route for a salesman to take between hypothetical cities, entirely in DNA.

<more at; related links: (Synthetic Biology: Secure Digital Storage, DNA-based Computation and the Organic Computer. Alexander R. Widdel. [Abstract: This paper addresses the role of synthetic biology in computer science. Some applications of synthetic biology in computing include the storage of digital information in organic material, cryptographic security via DNA-based encryption, and biological computation. Furthermore, development of a universal operating system for the biological cell, meaning to simplify the process of coding for organic systems or bio-computers is being attempted by the University of Nottingham’s AUdACiOuS project. Though meaningful progress has been made in the field, much of the work of synthetic biology is still precursory.] and (A DNA-fuelled molecular machine made of DNA. Nature 406, 605-608 (10 August 2000). doi:10.1038/35020524. Bernard Yurke, Andrew J. Turberfield, Allen P. Mills, Jr, Friedrich C. Simmel & Jennifer L. Neumann.)>

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