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Living Cells ‘Hacked’ and Hijacked by MIT

April 1, 2016

(The Telegraph) – Scientists at MIT have proven they can ‘hack’ living cells and programme them to carry out new tasks. In the same way that computer language tells a machine how to operate, researchers have shown it is possible to write DNA ‘code’ and insert it into bacteria to alter how they function. They hope that one day cells could be programmed so they could release cancer drugs on encountering a tumour, or allow plants to fight back with insecticide when a pest comes near.

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