It’s not the complete package, but it’s one variable of the equation: Stanford University’s recent announcement that scientists have successfully created the first truly biological transistor made entirely out of genetic material. Transistors are the bringers of nearly all of modern technology.
What the scientists actually researched and tested pertains to DNA and RNA, which make up the newly dubbed “transcriptor.” First, embedding a microscopic portion of a DNA molecule inside of a living cell, Standford researchers were able to control the flow of RNA, which translates DNA’s instructions to the living cell, much like the digital transistor which regulates electrical currents, the researcher-controlled “transcriptor” can essentially direct an entire living cell.
Practical uses of this technology almost have no limits: the commanding of cancerous cells to stop multiplying, monitoring general health levels, or perhaps even (malicious or otherwise) control of the living cell. This is awesome stuff, to say the least.