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Fish As the Ultimate Brain Food - Lucent Uses Salmon DNA to Replace Computer
Seafood.com Aug 10- Many of us in the seafood
industry know our product promotes intelligence, but now
Lucent technologies has gone a step further. In an interview
with CNN, researchers at Lucent’s Bell labs said that they
had used DNA from salmon sperm to create an organic molecule
that can respond to sets of instructions.
The salmon DNA is shaped like a pair of tweezers. By adding another strand of DNA as fuel, the researchers can make the arms shut. Adding a different strand of DNA will make them open. This on-off ability is the basis of all computer chips.
The researchers say that current technology, that etches circuits on silicon, could be replaced by their organic approach, because the DNA can assemble itself like a crystal. Such an approach could reduce the size of a computer chip to a pinhead, about 100 to 1000 times smaller than they are