Computerized, rolling DNA motors move molecular robotics to next level

The high speed of the rolling DNA-based motor allows a simple smart phone microscope to capture its motion through video. Credit: Emory University

Chemists integrated computer functions into rolling DNA-based motors, opening a new realm of possibilities for miniature, molecular robots. Nature Nanotechnology published the development, the first DNA-based motors that combine computational power with the ability to burn fuel and move in an intentional direction.

“One of our big innovations, beyond getting the DNA motors to perform logic computations, is finding a way to convert that information into a simple output signal—motion or no motion,” says Selma Piranej, …

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