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Your DNA? Thanks but no thanks

Zafar Anjum | Aug. 19, 2009
So far DNA tests have been accepted as the last words in forensic evidence to establish identities. Not any more.

Scary, isnt it? This means that without your knowing it, you might be declared a criminal or a terrorist using your fabricated DNA.

DNA in your mobile?

In another DNA-related development, scientists at IBM are experimenting with using DNA molecules to create tiny circuits that could form the basis of smaller, more powerful computer chips.

According to the report, the company is researching ways in which DNA can arrange itself into patterns on the surface of a chip, and then act as a kind of scaffolding on to which millions of tiny carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles are deposited. That network of nanotubes and nanoparticles could act as the wires and transistors on future computer chips.

Amazing, isnt it?

If your futuristic phones chip could be made up of DNA, your mobile phone as well might be made up of your own DNA. Furthermore, that will become your unique identity number and you might even have the phone embedded in your body.

This is scary or amazingdepends upon how you look at the future.

Zafar Anjum is the online editor of MIS Asia portal. 


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