Future computers could be built smaller than ever before using the tiny biological skeletons that hold our cells together.
That’s according to one team of scientists, who have devised a way to make computer chips using cytoskeletons – protein scaffolds that give cells their shape.
They claim that the silicon chips that brought computers to the masses in the 1980s are soon to be a thing of the past.
Chips made using DNA have previously been built by scientists – but experts at the University of the West of England propose a different microscopic structure.
Cytokines are made up of protein structures that are just 25 nanometres wide – about half the length of a hepatitis virus.
Researcher say that computing signals could be sent over two proteins that make up cytokines: Actin and tubulin.