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Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli


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Cell programming

"You can build very complex computing systems if you integrate the element of memory together with computation," says Timothy Lu, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and of biological engineering, and head of the Synthetic Biology Group at MITs Research Laboratory of Electronics.

Credit: The researchers

Synthetic biology allows researchers to program cells to perform novel functions such as fluorescing in response to a particular chemical or producing drugs in response to disease markers.

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