With CRISPR, dual-core processors can be made inside human cells

Chris Dannen

By Chris Dannen


Cells are like logic gates, reacting to external stimuli according to pre-determined metabolic responses. For better or worse, scientists at ETH Zurich are putting them to use in the service of computing.  

CRISPR used to build dual-core computers inside human cells

"Tapping into these natural processes to build logic circuits is a key goal of synthetic biology. In this case, the ETH Zurich team found a way to slot dual-core processors into human cells by first modifying the CRISPR gene-editing tool. Normally, this system uses guide RNA sequences to target specific DNA segments in the genome, then make precise edits. For this project though, the team created a special version of the Cas9 enzyme that can act as a processor."

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