Scientists develop world's first 'biological Internet'

  • metta

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    Oct 02, 2012 7:04 AM GMT
    Scientists develop world's first 'biological Internet'

    "Bio-engneering researchers Monica Ortiz and Drew Endy from Stanford University have created a biological mechanism to send genetic messages from cell to cell.

    The system boosts the complexity and amount of data that can be communicated between cells and could lead to greater control of biological functions within cell communities, the Journal of Biological Engineering reports.

    Biological internet could lead to biosynthetic factories in which huge masses of microbes collaborate to make more complicated fuels, pharmaceuticals and other useful chemicals, including the regeneration of tissue or organs in future, according to a Stanford statement."



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    "Effectively, we've separated the message from the channel. We can now send any DNA message we want to specific cells within a complex microbial community,"

    http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/scientists-develop-worlds-first-biological-internet-274183
  • pointA

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    Oct 02, 2012 11:25 AM GMT
    Great, thanks for sharing
  • TannerMasseur

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    Oct 02, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
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    Oct 02, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    metta8 saidScientists develop world's first 'biological Internet'

    "Bio-engneering researchers Monica Ortiz and Drew Endy from Stanford University have created a biological mechanism to send genetic messages from cell to cell.

    The system boosts the complexity and amount of data that can be communicated between cells and could lead to greater control of biological functions within cell communities, the Journal of Biological Engineering reports.

    Biological internet could lead to biosynthetic factories in which huge masses of microbes collaborate to make more complicated fuels, pharmaceuticals and other useful chemicals, including the regeneration of tissue or organs in future, according to a Stanford statement."



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    "Effectively, we've separated the message from the channel. We can now send any DNA message we want to specific cells within a complex microbial community,"

    http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/scientists-develop-worlds-first-biological-internet-274183


    That's awesome! Further development and this could be used to send "repair" messages or "self-destruct" message to cancer cells, viruses, etc.
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    Oct 02, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    I wonder if this means we'll eventually have to update and reboot our bodies several times a week to keep it going.
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    Oct 02, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    Nanites! We're going to becomes the Borgs! icon_eek.gificon_surprised.gificon_eek.gif
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  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 02, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    ^ You beat me to it! My thoughts exactly!

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    Oct 02, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    coolarmydude said^ You beat me to it! My thoughts exactly!

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