Research Company Makes International Breakthrough
Auckland, Tuesday 17 October, 2006: Scientists and Engineers from a private New Zealand research company have scored an
international breakthrough by developing the ability to store and execute computer programmes within a microscopic DNA
Pharmaceutical crystal .
The breakthrough by physicist, Graemme Brown of GBR Research Ltd, is something the international scientific community
has ploughed many millions of dollars into over the last decade without result, but which now has staggering
implications both in the field of computing technology, and in that of health science and science generally.
Final Clinical Validations are to provide independent certification to its performance and applications are now underway
at a leading New Zealand Research University.
Once clinical validations are complete, the research company will move quickly to establish pilot production runs of a
DNA Pharmaceutical Tablet which is both digestible and executable within a living biological system .
Chief physicist for GBR Research Ltd, Mr Graemme Brown says that an entirely new form of Data Codon has been produced in
this breakthrough which enables an ordinary laptop computer to generate data in a form that can be synthetically encoded
into a DNA Tablet and perform high speed computing functions at a molecular~switch level, once digested or inserted into
the living biological system.
He says a huge advantage of the discovery is that ‘DNA computing’ can be used both with existing computing technology
but more particularly open up the scientific frontier for revolutionary new Bio-technology and bio-computing capability,
the implications of which are staggering.
The added bonus of the development he says, is that it can be used both in
conjunction with existing systems as well as providing the impetus for revolutionary new bio-technology capability.
A single DNA molecule contains up to 100 billion functions and operating instructions necessary for building a human
When the new DNA Tablet’s ability to encode and decode data to a DNA molecule is combined with the molecular potential
processing capacity , it produces the ability to store unprecedented libraries of data , as well as process volumes of
computing programs within an organic molecule.
The technology has been developed for Advanced Creative Technologies Ltd, and has employed external biomedical
specialist Mr Juan Lopera Alvarez and software engineering specialist Mr Richard Brown
Current leading edge silicon chip manufacturers predict they will have single binary logic gates reduced to 18
nanometers by the end of the decade.
This company’s technology produces the potential for millions of coding instructions or logic gates to be contained
within a DNA crystal only 20 nanometers in size. This would effectively create ‘Bio-computers’ with capacities and
processing power exponentially greater than that presently achieved by current silicon technologies.
Some industry commentators predict the merging of Information Technology and Genomics will create the hottest technology
sector for the 21st century combining the computing hardware, software and networking sectors with those of
pharmaceutical and chemical engineering, biotechnology and life sciences.
A recent market analysis report by IDC states that in the Life Science sector alone, spending on information technology
will reach US$ 38 billion by 2006.
The company predicts the potential revenue generated from the savings in processing time and capacity, research, and the
development of new products and technologies that will arise from this discovery are set to be in the billions of