Researchers Hack Human Cells for Manipulation as Computers

Scientists say they’ve gene-hacked a human cell, using CRISPR tech to turn it into a tiny biological computer complete with the cellular analog of dual-core processors.

Think about that statement for a second. We found this article in concerning turning one or millions of your human cells into dual-core processors for the benefit of discovering and defeating a particular disease that it identifies.

Dan Robitski penned the mind-blowing article. Can this technology be the open door to eradicating all diseases or at least some of them?

The squishy little CPUs could eventually lead to powerful computers housed entirely within a cell that would detect and treat diseases, according to

The Journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, called PNAS, published the research regarding mimicking the process by which organisms turn genetic information into proteins that carry out specific tasks within the cell. These cell computers can identify certain biomarkers that signify the presence of a disease that can cause protein production.

“Imagine a microtissue with billions of cells, each equipped with its own dual-core processor,” MIT researcher Martin Fussenegger told New Atlas. “Such ‘computational organs’ could theoretically attain computing power that far outstrips that of a digital supercomputer — and using just a fraction of the energy.”

Already, CRISPR is expected to develop cures for viral diseases like herpes, according to a New Atlas story. Humans won’t be the only beneficiaries of the technology, however. CRISPR is being used to assist the animal world as well, including coral reefs.