All life on earth is based on organic biology (i.e. carbon in the form of amino acids, nucleotides, and sugars, etc.) but the inorganic world is considered to be inanimate.
"What we are trying do is create self-replicating, evolving inorganic cells that would essentially be alive. You could call it inorganic biology."
cells, which can also store electricity, could potentially be used in all sorts of applications in medicine, as sensors or to confine chemical reactions.
inorganic chemical compounds are capable of self-replicating and evolving -- just as organic, biological carbon-based cells do.
"If successful this would give us some incredible insights into evolution and show that it's not just a biological process. It would also mean that we would have proven that non carbon-based life could exist and totally redefine our ideas of design."