Scientists create first biocomputer from human cells

Mar 28, 2018, 7:43 AM EDT
(Source: Andrew Mason/flickr)
(Source: Andrew Mason/flickr)

A team of researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Basel have engineered the world’s most complex biological computer using living human cells with the aim to program cellular activities in a robust, predictable and controllable manner.

The breakthrough could soon allow synthetic biologists to implant these biocomputers inside the body and detect diseases and deliver treatment by means of chemical inputs that trigger specific action, notes New Scientist.  

Biocomputers, capable of detecting, monitoring and processing multiple disease signals, could give a boost to precision in medicine with a new wave of cell-based therapies, writes Nature Methods.

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