Coding Cells

Programming is no longer just a Metaphor for Genomics: „MIT biological engineers have created a programming language that allows them to rapidly design complex, DNA-encoded circuits that give new functions to living cells. […] 'It is literally a programming language for bacteria,' says Christopher Voigt, an MIT professor of biological engineering. 'You use a text-based language, just like you're programming a computer. Then you […] compile it and it turns it into a DNA sequence that you put into the cell, and the circuit runs inside the cell.'“