MIT engineers have transformed bacterial cells into living calculators that can compute logarithms, divide, and take square roots, using three or fewer genetic parts. Inspired by how analog electronic circuits function, the researchers created synthetic computation circuits by combining existing genetic “parts,” or engineered genes, in novel ways. Lead author of the Nature paper is MIT postdoc Ramiz Daniel. Jacob Rubens, a graduate student in microbiology, is also an author of the paper. Read the rest of the article on MIT News.
Jacob Rubens (Microbiology) is designing cells that can compute logarithms, divide, and take square roots
June 5, 2013