in transitioning our current solutions.”
Adds Colin Hill, founder and CEO of Gene Network Sciences in Ithaca, New York, “That’s a field that’s yet to do anything substantial even though it holds a lot of promise.” Hill’s company simulates life in silico (on computers) to advance drug discovery. “There are a number of limitations as to how far DNA computing can get in the near term.”
Despite its naysayers, DNA computing scientists and biologists are marching forward. Simple experiments such as teaching DNA molecules to learn effective strategies to play a game of poker, like the one Wood’s group is working on, is part of the necessary evolution of the technology.