The successes of semi-synthetic medicine really cannot but surprise – especially when it comes to combining the natural biological components of nature and electronics. So, the united team of specialists in molecular biology and computer engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today once again surprised the general public with their project, which is a bacterium on a computer chip. Being introduced into the environment of the gastrointestinal tract, this bacterium functions as a biologically active marker, converting the signals from the sensors of the living cells of the bacterium into a digital code transmitted to a smartphone.
Quite an interesting and unusual approach, given its high degree of efficiency and a relatively low budget for development – in particular, in an article about this bacterium on a chip in the journal Science, development experts indicate that this concept has an extremely high degree of efficiency when it comes to the need identify the most hidden problems in the digestive tract.
Timothy Lu, one of the project managers and professor of bioengineering at MIT, notes that the sensor system, embodied in this chip and working closely with bacteria cells on the chip, has the ability to respond to hidden molecules in the gastrointestinal environment, thus helping to identify various serious disorders work of the digestive tract at an early stage of their development. As for the chip itself, it seamlessly converts the signal of biological cells into a code, so that it can be viewed on third-party devices, such as a smartphone.
Experts point to the possibility of further improving this interesting and unique technological concept through the use of an updated version of the cell sensor system, which has already been tested on pigs. As preliminary results show, the new version of the chip allows you to more accurately diagnose and find various problems in the intestinal environment, in addition, indicating in real time the dynamics of the development of a disease.