DNA Flash Memory

By | May 24, 2012
Maybe we are living in the matrix after all… Researchers have figured out how to turn DNA into a sort of flash memory. While you won't be seeing a USB plug into living organisms anytime soon, this type of data storage could be critical in programming small organisms, or even cells, to do what we want them to do – for example, recognizing and attacking cancer.

At the same time, I wonder if current research is underusing the power DNA-based computing organisms have to unleash. We can do more than merely compute data with them; 'flash memory' in DNA could also be used to create proteins in case of 'memory hijacking' by 'saving' a start-code in the middle of one of those memory registers. Or you could make additional registers via in-vitro DNA splicing, and completely ruin someone else's program…

Bioengineers Make DNA Into a Living Flash Drive – IEEE Spectrum
Cellular memory system could bring better control to biotechnology

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