World first as nanobots get to work choking cancers to death

World first as nanobots get to work choking cancers to death

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nanobots are one of the ultimate medical frontiers and science fiction classics, and they’re slowing beginning to show their promise.   Recently I discussed how we’re building the first generation of enzyme powered nanobots capable of hunting and tracking down disease within the human body...

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Molecular programming breakthrough could create better molecular assemblers

Molecular programming breakthrough could create better molecular assemblers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we learn how to create and build new, smaller molecular sized machines and robots being able to manipulate matter at the molecular scale will become increasingly important.   Over the past couple of months there have been world firsts in the creation of DNA...

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World’s first DNA robots successfully move and deliver molecule sized cargo

World’s first DNA robots successfully move and deliver molecule sized cargo

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots are getting smaller, and our mastery over biology is increasing, so it’s inevitable that we will continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible and create a new breed of smaller, intelligent micro-machines.   In the classic 1966 American science fiction film Fantastic Voyage, a...

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Microsoft will offer DNA storage in the cloud by 2020

Microsoft will offer DNA storage in the cloud by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With the amount of information on the planet exploding and traditional storage technologies reaching their theoretical limits we need a new way to store the torrents of data society is creating, and DNA storage looks increasingly like it’s the answer.   Microsoft, who last year...

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New storage breakthrough stores 215 petabytes on one gram of DNA

New storage breakthrough stores 215 petabytes on one gram of DNA

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With so much new information being generated every day we’re already pushing the limits of today’s technologies, but now ultra-dense, ultra-efficient new forms of storage are appearing on the horizon.   It’s long been known that today we’re generating more information, faster, than ever before....

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Researchers design a DNA computer that outperforms future Quantum computers

Researchers design a DNA computer that outperforms future Quantum computers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA computers, up until now, have been theoretical but now they’re feasible, and that’s a huge step towards the next step – building one.   A team of researchers from the University of Manchester, the same university that’s recently been making breakthroughs in quantum computing, led by...

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World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form

World first as scientists use two new DNA letters to create new “alien” life form

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Life’s DNA has always been coded using just four letters, but now researchers have added two new letters and it opens the door to a whole new world of alien lifeforms never seen before.   Ever since life gained a foothold on this fragile rock...

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