31 Jul '17, 3am

Making cells act like robots? Researchers from @ASU did just that | via @EDNAsia

Making cells act like robots? Researchers from @ASU did just that | via @EDNAsia

A new research on synthetic biology from the Arizona State University has demonstrated how living cells can be induced to carry out computations in the manner of tiny robots or computers. The results of the study, according to researchers, have significant implications for intelligent drug design and smart drug delivery, green energy production, low-cost diagnostic technologies and even the development of futuristic nanomachines capable of hunting down cancer cells or switching off aberrant genes. The approach, described in the journal Nature , uses circuits composed of ribonucleic acid or RNA. These circuit designs, which resemble conventional electronic circuits, self-assemble in bacterial cells, allowing them to sense incoming messages and respond to them by producing a particular computational output (in this case, a protein). In the new study, specialised circuits kno...

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