29 December 2005

ASU professor to explore DNA based computing

Nanotechnology : October 19, 2005

Arizona State University School of Life Sciences professor Wayne Frasch was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Air Force Office of Science Research to fund a 2-year project linking DNA technology with computer science. This could result in a computer that uses DNA, rather than electronic components, to crunch numbers.

Frasch uses his lab's single molecule DNA detection technology--among the most sensitive detecting systems available in the world--to take advantage of a DNA property known as hybridization to make the calculations. Frasch believes what will result is a massively parallel computer that can make lots of calculations simultaneously. ...

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