Engineering natural computation by autonomous DNA-based biomolecular devices


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012. All rights are reserved. This chapter overviews the past and current state of a selected part of the emerging research area of DNA-based biomolecular devices. We particularly emphasize molecular devices that are: autonomous, executing steps with no exterior mediation after starting; and programmable, the tasks executed can be modified without entirely redesigning the nanostructure. We discuss work in this area that makes use of synthetic DNA to self-assemble into DNA nanostructure devices. Recently, there has been a series of impressive experimental results that have taken the technology from a state of intriguing possibilities into demonstrated capabilities of quickly increasing scale. We discuss various such programmable molecular-scale devices that achieve: computation, 2D patterning, amplified sensing, and molecular or nanoscale transport. This article is written for a general audience, and particularly emphasizes the interdisciplinary aspects of this quickly evolving and exciting field.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reif, JH; LaBean, TH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2012

Volume / Issue

  • 3-4 /

Book Title

  • Handbook of Natural Computing

Start / End Page

  • 1320 - 1353

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783540929093

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-540-92910-9_39

Citation Source

  • Scopus