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Caltech Researchers Build Largest Biochemical Circuit Out of Small Synthetic DNA Molecules

June 2, 2011

diagram specifying a system of 74 DNA molecules In many ways, life is like a computer. An organism's genome is the software that tells the cellular and molecular machinery--the hardware--what to do. But instead of electronic circuitry, life relies on biochemical circuitry--complex networks of reactions and pathways that enable organisms to function. Now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have built the most complex biochemical circuit ever created from scratch. Full Story

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