Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Synthetic Biology Circuits vs Electronic Circuits

Christopher Voigt of MIT and his team developed synthetic biological circuits that do not interfere with one another which allowed them to create the most complex synthetic circuits ever built.  Prior to this development, due to the jumbled nature of biological circuits inside a cell, it was not possible to isolate these circuits from each other creating interference, while electronic circuits on a silicon chip do not have this interference issue.

With the improvements introduced by Voigt's team, it will now be possible to implement new kinds of bio-sensing circuits in cells that will monitor their environments and adjust their output proteins accordingly.

Check out the Synthetic Biology Center @ MIT website to learn more about what they do.   

Amazing science!

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