The research team including four faculty members and 15 undergraduate students from the biology and mathematics departments engineered the DNA of Escherichia coli bacteria and created bacterial computers capable of solving a classic mathematical problem known as the Hamiltonian Path Problem.

Adleman used his DNA computer to solve the Hamiltonian Path problem that most of us likely encountered in junior high or high school math class.

[CHART OMITTED] Mathematically, this is known as the directed Hamiltonian path problem, and it serves as a surrogate for a wide variety of practical computational problems.