Scientists at the University of Manchester have made a breakthrough discovery that could lead to more efficient computers. They have developed a self-replicating computer that uses DNA molecules to make calculations.
The idea to use DNA for calculations was first announced in 1994. Compared to classical silicon, this technology has a number of advantages. The most significant of these is the possibility of self-copying. In computational terms, this means that a DNA computer can do an arbitrary number of calculations at the same time, which is very important when solving complex problems.
So, for example, if an ordinary computer can do a billion calculations one after another, then a DNA computer will simply make at once a billion copies of itself and perform all the calculations at the same time.
In the future, this should lead to the emergence of a new class of computers, surpassing the capabilities of the currently existing and even quantum ones.