Swarms of DNA nanorobots execute complex tasks in living animal

1. 15. 15 by Alex Klokus
  • A human patient with late stage leukemia will be given DNA nanobot treatment. Without the DNA nanobot treatment the patient would be expected to die in the summer of 2015. Based upon animal trials they expect to remove the cancer within one month. Within 1 or 2 years they hope to have spinal cord repair working in animals and then shortly thereafter in humans. This is working in tissue cultures.
  • This optimism is based on a publication last spring in Nature Nanotechnology “Universal computing by DNA origami robots in a living animal” here: http://life-sciences.biu.ac.il/files/life-sciences/media/nnano.2014.58.pdf
  • The architectures described in this paper are capable of processing at most two input bits. The authors point out, however, that errors in robot activation scale only linearly with the numbers of robot types present in the system.

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