DNA Nanorobots




What they say about it

These devices, dubbed “DNA nanorobots,” are short hexagonal tubes made of interwoven DNA that can open along their length like a clamshell. At one end is a DNA “hinge,” and at the other, a pair of twisted DNA fragments that act as “latches” to hold the device shut. Inside the nanorobot, scientists can enclose molecules of almost any substance, essentially turning it into a molecular “delivery truck” that can transport medication to specific cells in the body. Source

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How they say it works

Wyss Institute scientists have developed a drug-delivering nanorobot that looks like an open-ended barrel. The exterior surface of the device is programmed to recognize a target on a cell surface; the drug payload is secured with anchor strands to the interior. Double-stranded DNA latches ensure that the robot unlocks only in the presence of a molecular key expressed by the target cells. That opens the device, enabling the payload to attack only the designated cells. Source

Market Status

Ensuing Products
Drugs with Extremely Targeted Delivery

Synbio Components


Additional Sources
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Nature article