Ok, not quite yet. But …
From Science Daily:
A team of UCSF researchers has engineered E. coli with the key molecular circuitry that will enable genetic engineers to program cells to communicate and perform computations.
The work builds into cells the same logic gates found in electronic computers and creates a method to create circuits by “rewiring” communications between cells. This system can be harnessed to turn cells into miniature computers. …
That, in turn, will enable cells to be programmed with more intricate functions for a variety of purposes, including agriculture and the production of pharmaceuticals, materials and industrial chemicals,
Now that’s interesting. And just think of the vast potential of possible programming errors …
Update: But wait! I’ve got it a great application here! Let’s program logic circuits into bacteria, then infect Michelle Bachmann!
“Carbon dioxide is natural, it is not harmful, it is a part of Earth’s lifecycle. And yet we’re being told that we have to reduce this natural substance, reduce the American standard of living, to create an arbitrary reduction in something that is naturally occuring in Earth.”
hat tip to Greg Laden
I now this as yet unproven logic therapy has a high risk of failure, but that poor woman is desperate.