Here’s another exciting article–this from BBC–about the potential of DNA computers. What surprises me is they aren’t further along than what is outlined below. The molecule DNA programs our entire genome, including our brain. That’s pretty versatile, not to mention quick and adaptive. We can see it’s power by looking in the mirror.
From the get-go, DNA uses a more powerful language–six-digits compared to binary’s two-digit language (binary being the popular language of today’s silicon computers). I’m guessing the roadblock to unlocking DNA’s computing potential is our problem-solving skills and our ability to understand what it is DNA does.
Nevertheless, here’s an update on our progress:
A computer with DNA as its information carrier can solve classic logic conundrums, researchers say.
DNA has been used to do simple number crunching before, but a system developed by Israeli scientists can effectively answer yes or no questions. (more)