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Scientist to Make Programmable Cells that Act as "Operating System"

Scientist to Make Programmable Cells that Act as "Operating System"

By Google.com | Posted - Nov. 10, 2011 at 7:28 a.m.



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Scientists
at the University of Nottingham are trying to create a "reprogrammable
cell" that can act as a cellular equivalent to a computer's operating
system.

The project, if successful, would mark a huge leap forward for
synthetic biology as a field. Scientists could easily and quickly program
cells to perform all kinds of tasks as well as create wholly new forms
of life not found in nature customized for various uses. Thats
another way of saying the operating system would allow
for rapid prototyping of life forms, saving the time and energy currently
consumed by returning to the drawing board each time researchers need
a cell with a new function.

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