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July 1, 2010 / Martijn

Genetic inspiration could show the way to revolutionize IT

Chemists at the University of Reading have created a synthetic form of DNA that could transform how digital information is processed and stored.

Just as the information in a book is made up of a linear sequence of letters, so the information needed for all living things to function and reproduce is embodied in a linear sequence of chemical units. These make up the chains of DNA and RNA, where an enormous amount of information (the ‘genome’) is stored in a very small space to direct the molecular processes of life.

A new paper, which appears in Nature Chemistry on June 27, shows for the first time that many of the features of biological information processing can be reproduced in synthetic polymer chains.

via Genetic inspiration could show the way to revolutionize information technology.

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