Wednesday 29 July 2009

Bacterial Computers Can Crack Mathematical Problems

Computers are evolving. A team of US scientists have engineered bacteria that could solve complex mathematical problems faster than anything made from silicon. The scientists have proved that it is possible to solve puzzles with living cells.

A research team made up of faculty members and undergraduate students from the biology and mathematics departments at Missouri Western State University and Davidson College in North Carolina, engineered the DNA of E coli bacteria. The biological world also has other advantages. As time goes by, a bacterial computer will actually increase in power as the bacteria reproduce.

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