Gallery: DNA Could Replace Silicon to Create Cheap, Abundant Logic Circ...


Right now, most semiconductor chips (those tiny pieces that are crucial to computers and electrical circuits) are crafted from silicon, a relatively expensive material. But what if we told you that these teensy, crucial cogs could be made from a material that lives within the human body? Researchers at Duke University are designing logic chips from self-assembling DNA. The team hopes the process will provide a cheap, easy method of making chips, eventually eliminating the need for silicon semiconductor chips altogether.

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1 Comment

  1. MechaPumpkin May 12, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Ummm . . . I dunno . . . there’s something about this that’s very familiar. I can’t quite put my finger on it . . . something about super intelligent cyborgs rising up and destroying the human race . . . playing god . . . ummm . . . yeah . . .

    Don’t do that.

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