Scientists develop the world's most complex biological computer

In terms of computer concepts, biological computers are pretty out there. DNA and other biomolecules combine to create computing power, capable of solving equations and — someday — creating supercomputers out of the very stuff from which, we ourselves, are made.

While that may sound entirely made up, scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have created a shockingly advanced example of the technology. Technically, a "molecular transducer," the new computing device is capable of processing data, encoding results in its own genetic code that it can then use in following computations.

The transducer, researchers believe, could be comparable in computing power to a universal Turing machine, a machine capable of simulating any other. In this way, the general methodology of the molecular computer can be shaped to handle numerous types of computational problems. There's even a budding range of molecular software being developed for the device.

The molecular supercomputers of tomorrow may still be a few years off, but when we start talking about software for biological computers and mimicking other computing devices, that future starts feeling a lot less further off than we once thought.


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