Researchers at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University developed a simple computer using molecules of folded DNA that was able to split the numbers 6 and 15 into their prime factors.
The researchers mixed differently shaped DNA molecules in a test tube, and when two different edges joined through a chemical reaction, this was deemed equivalent to a mathematical operation. The resulting shapes were counted to determine the computer's calculations.
The molecules were designed so the computer could combine the numbers 2 and 3 to split 6 into primes, and the numbers 2, 3, 5, and 7 to split 15 into primes.
When factoring 6, around 63% of the molecules ended in shapes that could be made only through reactions corresponding to 2 times 3.
From New Scientist
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