A theoretical concept that has long eluded scientists finally turned into a reality at the University of Manchester, where researchers have created a D.N.A.-based computer attributed with self-replicating properties for faster calculations. D.N.A., which is relatively much smaller and stable than silicon, can yield multiple times efficient and faster computers owing to its ability to copy itself.
Explaining the significance of the breakthrough development, researchers said a normal computer performs billions of calculations to solve complex problems whereas a D.N.A. computer can create a billion copies of itself to execute these calculations at once, reports Popular Mechanics.
In simpler terms, if a computer is based on D.N.A. molecules rather than silicon, it will “have a ton more processing power while consuming far less energy, writes Engadget. D.N.A. computers race past even future quantum computers, which can process concurrently but with a set of limitations.