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This 8-Bit Life | September 27, 2016

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Scientists Have Developed a New Bio-Computer that can Encrypt/Decrypt Images - This 8-Bit Life

Leland Flynn

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and Technion–Israel Institute of Technology have recently collaborated on a new bio-computer that can encode and store data (in this case the images you see above) in DNA molecules. They achieved this by creating a mixture of DNA enzymes and molecules as well as Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which essentially provides cells with energy in the metabolic process. The information that comprised the images was encoded onto a “DNA Chip”, this was then processed by the bio-computer and the chip was then stained in such a way as to display only particular sequences of information. 

This is pretty interesting stuff and I am of course grossly over-simplifying here but the possibilities of this technology and others like it make me excited to see some practical applications.

For the whole story and a much more technical explanation visit The Scripps Research Institute’s site here.

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