MIT researchers have developed an easy-to-use biological programming language that can now design biological circuits and even hack genomes of living cells.
A professor of biological engineering at MIT, Christopher Voigt, explains that genetic engineers can literally make a programming language for bacteria. It’s like a text-based language used to program a computer. They will just take the text, compile it and turns it into DNA sequence and just put it in the cell, then the circuit will run inside the cell.
Particularly, if you want to start a program into the bacterium, like you want to detect the presence of a certain harmful chemicals, you will just write a program describing that particular harmful chemical then a DNA sequence will be created and that will achieve the desired function.
And the good thing is that even anyone can literally use that programming language, that you don’t need to have a training in genetic or biological engineering. The designers even plan to make the language’s user interface available on the Internet.
The speed of this new method means that DNA circuits that normally takes years to design and build can now be made with just a touch of a button.