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DNA computer chip hits world

Last updated 14:48 21/02/2008

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After 10 years of research, an Albany physicist who invented a revolutionary DNA computer chip is in discussions with international companies about his design.

Graemme Brown, a former scientist for the Institute of Nuclear Science in Wellington, has been involved in large assignments for Britain, the United States and France.

His latest invention, when consumed internally by humans, holds and activates electronic programmes within the body.

The tablet, which uses an alpha-numeric code, has the ability to detect any genetic mutations or deficiencies.

Data can be synthetically encoded into a DNA tablet and perform high speed computing functions at a molecular switch level, once digested or inserted into the biological system.

Just one single DNA molecule contains up to 100 billion details for coding the human body.

It has the potential to create nanotech bio-computers much more powerful than those based on silicon technology.

Mr Brown’s spokesman David Peach says early talks and demonstrations with high-profile overseas organisations have begun.

"Significant progress has been made".

But due to confidentiality agreements involved he can’t disclose any more information.

"Due to the stage and the technical nature of the discussions we are bound to secrecy."

Mr Peach confirms that the meetings with the companies have been positive and that it is a big development.

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