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Rise Of the Tiny Machines: Boffins Cook Up Autonomous DNA Sorting Robot

20th September 2017

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While software developers might write algorithms for sorting, human and other organisms’ cells have their own biological ways for organizing the molecules inside them – such as how the proteins inside neurons are created in one spot and moved elsewhere.

Along that vein, researchers have shown pre-programmed DNA origami can perform tasks such as travelling in a line picking up molecular “cargo”. In the previous academic work with DNA robots, though, humans have had to give intermittent instructions (such as adding molecules into a test tube to produce a response) or they couldn’t see more than a couple tasks performed.


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