How Programming Could Democratize Genetics
Biological engineers develop programming language to more rapidly design DNA
A community of scientists and biological engineers at MIT have created a programming language which condenses the time it takes to encode circuits with DNA to provide living cells with new functions. The language works on strains of bacteria and will provide users with a single language to use to work with different organisms.
Most importantly, the platform appears to give amateur geneticists access to explore some 60 circuits which replicate environmental conditions on a cellular level, like alcohol or oxygen levels and concentration of glucose. MIT professor of biological engineering Christopher Voigt notes significant top line observations: