Researchers at the University of Trento (Italy) have created artificial cells that were able to pass a semblance of the Turing test. Let us recall the essence of this test: a machine enters into a dialogue with a person, and if he did not notice anything, then its intelligence is quite comparable with a human. The basis of artificial cells is cell-like structures with their own DNA.
As it turned out, artificial cells perfectly interact with living bacteria, which was confirmed by their response in the form of chemical signals. In turn, artificial cells generate and send their signals to bacteria.
This interaction suggests to scientists the possibility of using artificial cells to fight disease-causing bacteria, in particular, salmonella and meningococcus.
Scientists also found that artificial cells interfere with the interaction of pathogenic bacteria and, in the future, can prevent the formation of biofilms - colonies of harmful bacteria.