Save Data to Gene

Georg Fritz at the University of Cologne and his colleagues are studying the way cells store and process information and then pass it on to subsequent generations of cells, reports the Technology Review's Physics ArXiv blog. The researchers say that a network of genes can act as a "conditional memory" that stores or ignores information when told to do so. "The circuit behaves similarly to a 'data latch' in an electronic circuit, i.e.

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