Researchers at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands have made a breakthrough with a pill that could potentially detect if you were ill enough to need drugs. On the other hand, if it found that you didn’t need to be medicated, no chemicals would be released. The team has harnessed the power of DNA itself to form an organic computer that performs crude calculations on the state of your health. The idea is that a smart pill will be able to offer specific doses, tailored to your needs, while reducing the risk of side effects and waste. The computation comes in the form of the DNA, which looks for molecules that it can react with as a form of data-gathering.
- New Discovery