An Escherichia coli predator-prey system implemented with a synthetic biology programming language developed by Microsoft researchers.
In their paper Towards programming languages for genetic engineering of living cells, Microsoft UK researchers Michael Pedersen and Andrew Phillips have developed a programming language that translates logical concepts into models of biological reactions in simulators. Reactions that have favorable results have the potential to be synthesized into DNA for insertion into real cells, achieving some level of cyborgian awesomeness that we can only just begin to imagine. (Insert obligatory Blue Screen of Death joke here).
More info here. And be sure to check out the full paper here.
“I’ve had patients tell me, ‘Doc, it’s not very reassuring’.”
– John Kroner, surgeon, discussing the turkey vultures perching on the ledges and windowsills of Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. Quoted in the article “Vultures prey on surgery patients’ peace of mind.”
Michael Callahan Graduate Student – Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, College of Engineering
Michael hopes to assist individuals without the use of speech and mobility communicate through the application of neuroscience. By interfacing near the source of vocal production, he has been able to translate unspoken thought of the mind from intercepted neuronal activity at the vocal cords. The method that Michael has developed produces complete fluent speech with 70% accuracy from neurological signals.
Incredible. I can’t wait to see this kind of technology in use. It might complicate poker games, though.
Carolyn recently had an MRI done, and Clint posted the photos onto their Flickr account. The pictures are all stills from a “media viewer” that comes with a CD given to Carolyn after the procedure. After seeing some of the stills, I realized that they had a lot of potential to be animated (they were not animated in the media viewer). So I generated an animated GIF and converted it to a movie. Clint posted it on YouTube. Have a gander:
The sequence fascinates me. Yet gives me the heebie-jeebies. Props to Carolyn for her bravery in posting her brain on the web!