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They Walk. They Work. New DNA Robots Strut Their Tiny Stuff
Posted on 05/12/2010 5:24:00 PM PDT by Nachum
For the first time, microscopic robots made from DNA molecules can walk, follow instructions and work together to assemble simple products on an atomic-scale assembly line, mimicking the machinery of living cells, two independent research teams announced Wednesday.
These experimental devices, described in the journal Nature, are advances in DNA nanotechnology, in which bioengineers are using the molecules of the genetic code as nuts, bolts, girders and other building materials, on a scale measured in billionths of a meter. The effort, which combines synthetic chemistry, enzymology, structural nanotechnology and computer science, takes advantage of the unique physical properties of DNA molecules to assemble shapes according to predictable chemical rules.
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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dna; robots; strut; stuff
posted on 05/12/2010 5:24:00 PM PDT
>>For the first time, microscopic robots made from DNA molecules can walk, follow instructions and work together to assemble simple products on an atomic-scale assembly line<<
Which means they are already more productive than most government workers and all legislators.
posted on 05/12/2010 5:27:21 PM PDT
(The frog who rides on a scorpion should not be surprised when he last hears "it is my nature.")
It would be nice if these miniature bots could build new teeth! Looking forward to that day.
posted on 05/12/2010 5:35:52 PM PDT
posted on 05/12/2010 5:37:11 PM PDT
(The Quran and Mein Kampf: if you've read one you've read them both.)
posted on 05/12/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT
posted on 05/12/2010 5:47:48 PM PDT
(life is fragile, handle with prayer)
This is a very big thing. Think cheap space flight, cures for nearly all diseases, prices of nearly all items falling, and the potential of extremely long life spans. Read “Engines of Creation” by Eric Drexler if you want to see where this is heading.
posted on 05/12/2010 5:52:36 PM PDT
posted on 05/12/2010 5:59:29 PM PDT
(At what point are we officially "North Americans"?)
posted on 05/12/2010 6:00:28 PM PDT
( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
They’ll do the work that Americans won’t do.
posted on 05/12/2010 6:02:54 PM PDT
(The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
What an exciting idea. In theory you could repair internal problems with an injection of programed molecular machines rather than traditional surgery as well as correct many other problems before they become critical.
posted on 05/12/2010 6:10:37 PM PDT
With our current world government; 99 percent of the people will not be allowed this. Only the l percent who think it is owed them.
posted on 05/12/2010 6:19:32 PM PDT
(Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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