Israeli scientists have built a computer using only biomolecules such as DNA and enzymes.
Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have created an advanced biological transducer.
The machine can manipulate genetic codes, and use the output as new input for subsequent computations. The idea is that it will be used in gene therapy and cloning.
Biomolecular computing devices could be crucial to developing computers that can interact directly with biological systems and even living organisms.
We would have thought that the downside was the lack of a decent QWERTY keyboard but the researchers are quite excited by the fact that no interface is required.
According to Science Daily, all components of molecular computers, including hardware, software, input and output, are molecules that interact in solution along a cascade of programmable chemical events.
Ehud Keinan of the Technion Schulich Faculty of Chemistry said that the early results show a novel, synthetic designed computing machine that computes iteratively and produces biologically relevant results,
In addition to enhanced computation power, this DNA-based transducer offers multiple benefits, including the ability to read and transform genetic information, miniaturisation to the molecular scale, and the aptitude to produce computational results that interact directly with living organisms.
This particular transducer is designed to be used on genetic material to evaluate and detect specific sequences, and to alter and algorithmically process genetic code. Similar devices could be applied for other computational problems.
It is probably only a matter of time before you can increase your computer power by sneezing on your PC.