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Team develops 'logic gates' to program bacteria as computers

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posted on Dec, 8 2010 @ 03:46 PM

The work builds into cells the same logic gates found in electronic computers and creates a method to create circuits by "rewiring" communications between cells. This system can be harnessed to turn cells into miniature computers, according to findings that will be reported in an upcoming issue of Nature and appear today in the advanced online edition.

The automation of these complex operations and design choices will advance basic and applied research in synthetic biology. In the future, Voigt said the goal is to be able to program cells using a formal language that is similar to the programming languages currently used to write computer code.
This sounds amazing, I know I don't understand the full implications of this so I post here for the members that have more insight into this sort of thing.
What are the possibilities with this? I'm sure there are good as well as bad. Please enlighten me.

posted on Dec, 8 2010 @ 04:24 PM
it's all seems to be about the shrinking of processors-

i wonder how all this could tie in with graphene??

anybody got any bright sparks??

posted on Dec, 8 2010 @ 04:44 PM
reply to post by WHOS READY

Meatbots are SO WAY ADVANCED that silicon never had a chance.

Humans are the original Von Neumann Machines.

By the time this avenue of research is finished, the REALLY complex codes that form the Human OS will become obvious. Then we can say NEXT ! (world).

posted on Dec, 9 2010 @ 02:15 AM

Originally posted by Chakotay


I never thought of it that way.

Reminds me of a video I saw a while back, see if I can find it.

Ok here it is, kinda long but made me laugh my butt off.

edit on 12/9/2010 by BrokenCar because: (no reason given)


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