Biological Computers -Their Mechanism


Biological Computers -Their Mechanism


Biological computers are special types of microcomputers that are specifically designed to be used for medical applications. The biological computer is an implantable device that is mainly used for tasks like monitoring the body’s activities or inducing therapeutic effects, all at the molecular or cellular level.

This is made up of RNA, DNA and proteins and can also perform simple mathematical calculations. This could enable the researcher to build an array or a system of biosensors that has the ability to detect or target specific types of cells that could be found in the patient’s body. This could also be used to carry out or perform target-specific medicinal operations that could deliver medical procedures or remedies according to the doctor’s instructions.

Biological computers are made inside a patient’s body. The mere information of the patient’s body is called a blueprint along which lines the biological computer would be manufactured. Once the computer’s genetic blueprint has been provided, the human body will start to build it on its own using the body’s natural biological processes and the cells found in the body. Through boolean logic equations, we can easily use the biological computer to identify all types of cellular activity and determine whether a particular activity is harmful or not.

The cellular activities that the biological computer could detect can even include those of mutated genes and all other activities of the genes found in cells. As with conventional computers, the biological computer also works with an output and an input signal. The main inputs of the biological computer are the body’s proteins, RNA, and other specific chemicals that are found in the human cytoplasm. The output on the other hand could be detected using laboratory equipment. 

Catherine Darley
Journal of Biotechnology & Biomaterials
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