20 May '13, 4am

Bacterial cells made into analogue electronic circuits: ENGINEERS at MIT have taken inspiration from analogue

Bacterial cells made into analogue electronic circuits: ENGINEERS at MIT have taken inspiration from analogue

Latest News Intel Beacon Mountain allows Android development on ARM and Atom European PV anti-dumping duties a heavy hit for Chinese vendors EMI signal vulnerability affects heart implants, allows call hijacks Updated Altium Designer provides live views, design-to-cost New display glass substrate stands up to the heat ENGINEERS at MIT have taken inspiration from analogue electronic circuits, and transformed naturally-occurring biochemical functions into “living calculators”. The bacterial cells can compute logarithms, divide, and take square roots, using three or fewer genetic parts. They are more efficient than other biological circuits, because these functions already exist in the cells. Most synthetic biologists opt to implement digital circuitry into biological systems, which is slower and more difficult. Analogue computation capabilities will be useful for designing c...

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