Nano sized robot manipulates molecules

DNA origami
DNA origamiCourtesy Richard Wheeler

Nano robot uses two hands to twist molecules

A two-armed nanorobotic device built from DNA can manipulate molecules, twisting them into new shapes with 100 % accuracy.

With this capability, it has the potential to develop new synthetic fibers, advance the encryption of information, and improve DNA-scaffolded computer assembly.

The device was described recently in the journal Nature Nanotechnology; Dynamic patterning programmed by DNA tiles captured on a DNA origami substrate.

Read more in Science Daily

The new, two-armed device employs DNA origami, a method unveiled in 2006 that uses a few hundred short DNA strands to direct a very long DNA strand to form structures that adopt any desired shape. These shapes, approximately 100 nanometers in diameter, are eight times larger and three times more complex than what could be created within a simple crystalline DNA array. Science Daily

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rayiaharris's picture
rayiaharris says:

i find that very nteresting!!!

posted on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 9:02am
akasunatsu's picture
akasunatsu says:

inyerestingidea, but way too COMPLEX

posted on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 1:34pm
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Anonymous says:

is it possible to create an "Optimus Prime " using these nano robots?

posted on Sat, 04/24/2010 - 11:30am

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