Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


Home > News > Making factories and computers with DNA

June 21st, 2006

Making factories and computers with DNA

As if the blueprint for life wasn't busy enough, nanotech researchers are putting DNA to work in tiny mechanical devices and as templates for electronic circuits. Recent DNA constructions include microscopic patterns, tiny gears and a molecular assembly line. Although still mostly at the demonstration level, DNA nanotech is a rapidly growing field.

The first person to see DNA's potential beyond biology was Naiman Seeman, a chemist at New York University. More than twenty years ago, he began imagining how the genetic information in DNA might be engineered to perform useful tasks.


Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Possible Futures

Superconductivity trained to promote magnetization: Russian scientist and her colleagues discovered the superconductivity effect, which will help to create future supercomputers October 6th, 2015

Nanoscale photodetector shows promise to improve the capacity of photonic circuits: Researchers at the University of Rochester have fabricated a device in which light can induce a current using a silver nanowire -- an important step toward harnessing light to speed up the next ge October 6th, 2015

Big range of behaviors for tiny graphene pores: Like biological channels, graphene pores are selective for certain types of ions October 6th, 2015

Laser-wielding physicists seize control of atoms' behavior October 5th, 2015

Molecular Machines

Nanomachines: Pirouetting in the spotlight September 29th, 2015

Using DNA origami to build nanodevices of the future September 1st, 2015

Injectable electronics: New system holds promise for basic neuroscience, treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases June 8th, 2015

One step closer to a single-molecule device: Columbia Engineering researchers first to create a single-molecule diode -- the ultimate in miniaturization for electronic devices -- with potential for real-world applications May 25th, 2015

Self Assembly

Making nanowires from protein and DNA September 3rd, 2015

Reversible Writing with Light: Self-assembling nanoparticles take their cues from their surroundings September 3rd, 2015

Using DNA origami to build nanodevices of the future September 1st, 2015

Louisiana Tech University researchers discover synthesis of a new nanomaterial: Interdisciplinary team creates biocomposite for first time using physiological conditions August 24th, 2015


First circularly polarized light detector on a silicon chip: Promises to expand use of polarized light for drug screening, surveillance, optical communications September 24th, 2015

Nanoelectronics could get a boost from carbon research: The smallest of electronics could one day have the ability to turn on and off on an atomic scale September 17th, 2015

Nanotech expertise earns Virginia Tech a spot in National Science Foundation network: New center's focus will be on earth, environmental nanotechnology September 16th, 2015

UT researchers give nanosheets local magnetic properties September 11th, 2015

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project

Car Brands
Buy website traffic