A ground-breaking project that requires biologists, computer scientists and chemists involves creating a biological operating system. A team of scientists from the University of Nottingham, along with academics from Spain, Scotland, U.S. and Israel are trying to make this operating system, which is the equivalent to an operating system made for cells.
If this very ambitious project succeeds, researchers will be able to easily reprogram various bacterial cells to eventually create a new, useful life form. This will also allow scientists to make micro-organisms capable of helping the environment through the process of capturing carbon from the burning of fossil fuels, as reported by Wired.
Natalio Krasnogor, from Nottingham University's school of computer science said,"Currently, each time we need a cell that will perform a certain new function we have to recreate it from scratch which is a long and labourious process."
The name of the project, for which chemists, biologists as well as computer scientists from all over the globe has collaborated, is "Towards a Biological Cell Operating System." The first target of this team is to create e.coli bacteria, which is comparatively easy to program.