“Biological fax machine” could teleport life forms

Aug 31, 2017, 5:36 AM EDT
(Source: Thomas Wensing/flickr)
(Source: Thomas Wensing/flickr)

Scientists at Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) in San Diego have assembled dozens of small machines and lab robots to create a “digital-to-biological converter” that uses pre-loaded chemicals and a sequence to genetic instructions to print DNA, RNA, proteins, and even viruses.

This is first time scientists have created a virus automatically from DNA parts, a development that could one day allow prompt transmission of biological information from sites of a disease outbreak, writes MIT Technology Review.

The company nurtures high ambitions with its sight set on sending the system to Mars and printing fuels, nutrients and even atmospheric parts, notes The Week.