Biomimetic file 149: DNA programs and a new era of medicine

DNA Programs and a new era of medicine

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Highlight: “Perhaps the greatest advantage of DNA over electronic circuits is that it can interact with its biochemical environment. Computing with molecules involves recognising the presence or absence of certain molecules, and so a natural application of DNA computing is to bring such programmability into the realm of environmental biosensing, or delivering medicines and therapies inside living organisms.”

Insight: An interesting perspective on combining DNA computing with human body systems. The idea to pre-program a strand of DNA in order to carry out a specific task inside the body (for instance repairing damaged cells) is a very promising concept that could fundamentally transform medicine. The point is that we are still unable to replicate, alter or even influence many inner body functions through conventional drug intake, so perhaps this new DNA programming approach could offer some solutions…

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What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…

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