Even before we have quantum computers, we may have their successor: biological computers. And they’re being developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Weizmann’s computer sciences researchers have always been ahead of the curve: In 1954, they created the first computer in Israel and one of the first in the world; today, scientists such as Prof. Ehud Shapiro are creating the DNA-based computers of tomorrow. Prof. Shapiro's miniscule bio-computer is so small that a trillion of them can fit in a single drop of water—and yet it has diagnosed cancer in a test tube. The goal: that one day the bio-computer will be able to circulate through the human body, detecting illnesses at the very earliest stage, and even administering treatment.