Biological Computer

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Biological Computer
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Biological Computer: Stanford Researchers Discover Genetic Transistors That Turn Cells Into Computers
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Researchers at Stanford University announced this week that they’ve created genetic receptors that can act as a sort of “biological computer,” potentially revolutionizing how diseases are treated.

In a paper published in the journal “Science” on Friday, the team described their system of genetic transistors, which can be inserted into living cells and turned on and off if certain conditions are met.

The researchers hope these transistors could eventually be built into microscopic living computers.

Said computers would be able to accomplish tasks like telling if a certain toxin is present inside a cell, seeing how many times a cancerous cell has divided or determining precisely how an administered drug interacts with each individual cell.
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