He added that to enable the bio-computer to take on more complex problems, one solution might be to combine the bio-machine with a conventional computer to create a hybrid device.
"Right now we're working on a variety of ways to push the research further," said Nicolau.
Zeus Kerravala, an anayst with ZK Research, called the work a "big step forward" in the goal of creating useful bio-supercomputers. "The goal here is to tackle some of the big issues in society," he added. "A biological computer would run the calculations differently and potentially give us a different way to get at some big answers."
Moorhead called the work a "breakthrough."
"Just the fact that it can do math is a step forward," he said.
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