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In Development: An Open Source Language For Cell Programming 31

hessian writes with a story at Wired (excerpt below) about a project from Drew Endy of the International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology, or BIOFAB, to standardize a programming language connecting genetic information from DNA to the cell components that DNA can create. "The BIOFAB project is still in the early stages. Endy and the team are creating the most basic of building blocks — the 'grammar' for the language. Their latest achievement, recently reported in the journal Science, has been to create a way of controlling and amplifying the signals sent from the genome to the cell. Endy compares this process to an old fashioned telegraph. 'If you want to send a telegraph from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the signals would get degraded along the wire,' he says. "At some point, you have to have a relay system that would detect the signals before they completely went to noise and then amplify them back up to keep sending them along their way.""
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In Development: An Open Source Language For Cell Programming

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  • by tepples ( 727027 ) <tepples@gmail.BOHRcom minus physicist> on Sunday April 21, 2013 @05:11PM (#43511725) Homepage Journal

    So with the PlayStation 4 coming out, is Sony bringing Linux back to the PlayStation 3?

    Oh wait, wrong Cell.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 21, 2013 @05:29PM (#43511797)

    Try it and see []. Expired about an hour ago. Glad everyone is on the ball.

  • Please no Java or C#.

    Please no Java or C#.

    Please no Java or C#.

    Please no Java or C#.

    "Your comment violated the "postercomment" compression filter." Oh yeah?

    • If biologist-designed file formats are anything to go by, both Java and C# are likely to be an improvement over whatever they come up with.

      • If biologist-designed file formats are anything to go by, both Java and C# are likely to be an improvement over whatever they come up with.

        Java and C# are VM languages.... Have you seen the bytecode they output? It actually disproves the Intelligent Designer hypothesis.

        • I don't know about C#, but JVM bytecode makes a lot more sense if you write the theorem prover first.

        • by Rich0 ( 548339 )

          Have you seen this or []this []? Those are actually fairly well-defined at least, but they read like something that was supposed to be punched into cards.

          • Yes, I've seen those. PDB is admittedly hard to screw up thanks to the fact that it's just a matrix. I actually had FASTQ in mind when I wrote that.

    • Why not C#? I understand the hate against .Net/Mono because of the framework nature and MS influence but C# as a language is a pretty damn good one(the best IMO). If someone developed a native C#-like programming toolset with openCL/GL and Qt support alongside other popular libraries for both ARM and x86, I'd never look at C++ again.
      • yup, C# is what Java should've been in the first place and what Java wishes it was.

        Slashtards are down on it just because it's from M$.

      • Native code wouldn't help much for this. A compiler that outputs to a decent intermediate code allows the output to be later translated and optimized to the specific details of the target platform, which has greater chances of optimizing better than direct-to-native compilers. What makes VMs slower is memory management, RTTI, and the consistency checks that go along with a type- and memory-safe language. C# already has bindings for OpenGL/CL and Qt, alongside with many popular libraries, at least for x86.
  • by RandCraw ( 1047302 ) on Sunday April 21, 2013 @11:00PM (#43512917) []

    Amplifying Genetic Logic Gates


    Organisms must process information encoded via developmental and environmental signals to survive and reproduce. Researchers have also engineered synthetic genetic logic to realize simpler, independent control of biological processes. We developed a three-terminal device architecture, termed the transcriptor, that uses bacteriophage serine integrases to control the flow of RNA polymerase along DNA. Integrase-mediated inversion or deletion of DNA encoding transcription terminators or a promoter modulate transcription rates. We realize permanent amplifying AND, NAND, OR, XOR, NOR, and XNOR gates actuated across common control signal ranges and sequential logic supporting autonomous cell-cell communication of DNA encoding distinct logic gate states. The single-layer digital logic architecture developed here enables engineering of amplifying logic gates to control transcription rates within and across diverse organisms.

  • The site is [] I wish it was open source. Damn you MS.
  • I'm think that 'cell programming' has been about as open source as anything can be for a long, long time...

APL hackers do it in the quad.