Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sweetest calculator in the world: Sugar molecules used as part of a chemical sequence for information processing

A rectangular plastic board with 384 small wells is the setting for a chemist-researcher. The chemist carefully pipets some drops of sugar solution into a row of the tiny reaction vessels. As soon as the fluid has mixed with the contents of the vessels, fluorescence starts in some of the wells. What the chemist does here – with his own hands – could also be called in a very simplified way, the ‘sweetest computer in the world’. The reason: the sugar molecules used are part of a chemical sequence for information processing.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily


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