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Unformatted text preview: step, followed by another gel-electrophoresis operation. To my delight, the ﬁnal analysis revealed that the molecules that remained did indeed encode the desired Hamiltonian path. After seven days in the lab, the ﬁrst DNA computation was complete. A New Field Emerges W T G T
G C C A hat about the future? It is clear that molecular computers have many attractive properties. They provide extremely dense information storage. For example, one gram of DNA, which when dry would occupy a volume of approximately one cubic centimeter, can store as much information as approximately one trillion CDs. They provide enormous parallelism. Even in the tiny experiment carried out in one ﬁftieth of a teaspoon of solution, approximately 1014 DNA ﬂight numbers were simultaneously concatenated in about one second. It is not clear whether the fastest supercomputer available today could accomplish such a task so quickly. Molecular computers also have the potential for extraordinary energy efﬁciency...
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course COMP 790 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UNC.
- Fall '08