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April 9th, 2009

A DNA nanotechnology road to molecular assembly lines?

Abstract:
A piece in The Christian Science Monitor compares Nadrian Seeman, founder of the field of structural DNA nanotechnology and winner of the 1995 Foresight Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, with Henry Ford—implying that his recent accomplishment with his collaborators in creating a two-armed DNA nanorobot could point to a role for DNA nanorobots in future nanotech assembly lines.

As someone who has been watching Prof. Seeman's work as a path toward advanced nanotechnology since 1987, I have found the progress in structural DNA nanotechnology a major reason to hope that we will not have to wait too many more decades for assembly lines doing molecular manufacturing. Whether those assembly lines will be using nanorobots made from DNA—or whether DNA nanorobots will have been an intermediate phase on the path to molecular machinery built of diamondoid components—is another matter. -Jim

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