Computers that run on DNA may be getting closer to becoming practical devices.
Researchers at a South Korean university recently found a way to create a DNA-based chip that a personal computer can control to perform calculations, according to a new research paper. The team used 3D printing to fabricate a chip, which can execute Boolean logic, one of the fundamental methods of computer programming. It’s the latest step in the growing field of DNA computing, which has stalled for decades but shows great promise.
“Unlike digital computers, DNA computers potentially enhance and extend our capabilities to go beyond electronics in the future,” Hieu Bui, a professor who studies DNA computing at The Catholic University of America and was not involved in the study, told Lifewire in an email interview.