Cockroaches Turned Into Living Computers With Nanobots

April 9, 2014 6:32 PM

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Cockroaches Turned Into Living Computers With Nanobots

Daniel Levner, bioengineer at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute along with his colleagues at Bar Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel turned cockroaches into living computers with the help of DNA nanobots; the aim of the project is to identify or treat illnesses with uncommon “sophistication.” The team does not exclude the possibility of turning living animals into more powerful computers either and, in as few years, preliminary trials on human beings could begin. Nanomedicine was also embraced by tech companies like IBM, which now focuses on deploying nanomaterials to fight illnesses like HIV, tuberculosis and dengue fever.

Cockroaches have been turned into living computers with the help of DNA nanobots, which travel around the insect’s body and interact with the animal’s cells. The project was launched by Daniel Levner, bioengineer at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute and with his colleagues at Bar Ilan University i...

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