posted on Mar, 29 2013 @ 09:34 PM
Well, here we go! It seems we are getting ever closer to the scenario traditionally limited to the best of science fiction becoming a reality.
Scientists have created biological Boolean circuits, or transcriptors, by carefully calibrating the flow of enzymes along the DNA, opening the door
for a wide variety of organisms that could be potentially synthesized as biological computers.
In the article they state exciting new possibilities: "sensing when a cell has been exposed to sugar or caffeine, for example, and storing that
information like a value in computer memory. Or telling cells to start or stop dividing depending on stimuli in their environment."
What could become of this? I believe it really opens the door for the imagination to run wild. It is simoultaneously incredibly intriguing and
frightening to me. What are some of the thoughts and opinions of the more science orientated members here?
The researchers of this project have also made the "biological logic gates" available to us, the public, in the hopes we may improve on them.
With this and 3D printing, it looks like the next era in technology has arrived.
(visit the link for the full news article)