Saturday, April 7, 2012

Biological BIM?


Nanotechnology is advancing at a phenomenal rate.  The article excerpted and linked below describes interesting efforts to develop machines on the molecular level.  A team out of the UK has developed a mechanism for "re-wiring" the DNA in yeast.

Future applications of this work could include tiny yeast-based machines that can be dropped into water supplies to detect contaminants, and yeast that records environmental conditions during the manufacture of biofuels to determine if improvements can be made to the production process.***
Professor Paul Freemont, Co-Director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation at the College, concludes: “One of the core aims of the Centre is to provide tools and resources to the wider scientific community by sharing our research. Dr Ellis’s team has now begun to assemble characterised biological parts for yeast that will be available to researchers both in academia and industry.”
I envision a myriad of applications in the built industry.  Releasing, collecting and analyzing yeast based machines in the built environment as markers, trackers, and other tasks would facilitate monitoring of air quality, water quality, material integrity and a number of other things.  These advances my lead to infrastructure that is not only BIM enabled but biologically enabled as well.

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