DNA nano-spider published in Nature

2010.05.01 | Alexander Frederik Sandahl

CDNA collaborator Hao Yan publishes the paper "Molecular robots guided by prescriptive landscapes". A molecular nanorobot dubbed a "spider" and labeled with green dyes traverses a substrate track built upon a DNA origami scaffold. It journeys towards its red-labeled goal by cleaving the visited substrates, thus exhibiting the characteristics of an autonomously moving, behavior-based robot at the molecular scale.

In the same issue of Nature DNA origami was used to create an assembly line for synthesizing gold nanoparticles.