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IT not for germaphobes

Bacteria as computer circuits.

I'd thought I'd share this nugget provided by my colleague Boonsri Dickinson over at CBS SmartPlanet: Scientists at the University of California-San Francisco have figured out a way to pull bacteria together and make them communicate and pass messages, just as computer circuits pass 1s and 0s between each other.

The developers aren't looking at creating biological-based computers (we'll save that for the Singularity folks to ponder), but does offer possible ways to change the way living cells communicate -- with applications in medicine, drug production, agriculture, and in the design of industrial chemicals.

Still, considering the fact that we already have plenty of computer viruses, why not add bacteria to the mix?