Operation of a DNA robot arm inserted into a 2D DNA crystalline substrate

Baoquan Ding, Nadrian C. Seeman

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The success of nanorobotics requires the precise placement and subsequent operation of specific nanomechanical devices at particular locations. The structural programmability of DNA makes it a particularly attractive system for nanorobotics. We have developed a cassette that enables the placement of a robust, sequence-dependent DNA robot arm within a two-dimensional (2D) crystalline DNA array. The cassette contains the device, an attachment site, and a reporter of state. We used atomic force microscopy to demonstrate that the rotary device is fully functional after insertion. Thus, a nanomechanical device can operate within a fixed frame of reference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1583-1585
Number of pages3
Issue number5805
StatePublished - Dec 8 2006

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