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Now It’s Biochips as in Microchips


It appears scientists are now able to attach genes in particular spots on genechips using a new “daisy” molecule. This allows them to place genes onto the chip in a sequential–that is, ordered–fashion. The first purpose of this breakthrough is to produce certain proteins in an extra-cellular manner. But, as the quote below shows, they also have plans to put together a logical chain of these chips for “information processing”. Is that right? Do cells carry on “information processing”, just like this computer I’m working at? So, using an analogy to Sir Fred Hoyle’s quip about evolution, I suppose if a tornado passed through the components section of a Fry’s Electronics store, out would pop a computer. You have to really hand it to chance mechanisms!

More complex artificial gene circuits can be envisioned by extending this protocol, and thus the biochips may be able to carry out complex cascaded information-processing functions, mimicking those in living organisms. . . . placing genes close to one another on a surface provides opportunities not available in bulk solution by allowing communication between individual gene sequences in these artificial cells.

Here’s the full link.

Lee: I thought the most significant sentence was this: ". . . thus the biochips may be able to carry out complex cascaded information-processing functions, mimicking those in living organisms." It is a clear admission that 'living organisms' process 'information'. To my mind, it is impossible to deal with information 'randomly', hence, it's a tacit admission of intelligence at work. That's why I used the example of the computer. If "life" is made up of "biochips", then the analogy to a 'tornado passing through an electronic components manufacturer' be able to produce a computer is just a more uptodate and apt example of Hoyle's quip. And, for those who inevitably will argue about "quantum information", we're not dealing with that kind of 'lifeless' information--we're talking about 'code', as in genetic code, as in software code. PaV
Requires too much mental abstraction, perhaps. This appears to be a form of modeling where simulating a structure outside of nature could possibly emulate a process from within nature. This modeling technique, a form of empirical parallel nano computing, is said to have the potential to perform feats not possible by conventional computers. Reading related technical abstracts like this one make my head swim ... http://tinyurl.com/2ygb55 LeeBowman
Tap, tap....Is anybody out there? PaV

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