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A cargo-sorting DNA robot

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Science  15 Sep 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6356, eaan6558
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan6558

Sorting molecules with DNA robots

Single-stranded DNA robots can move over the surface of a DNA origami sheet and sort molecular cargoes. Thubagere et al. developed a simple algorithm for recognizing two types of molecular cargoes and their drop-off destinations on the surface (see the Perspective by Reif). The DNA robot, which has three modular functional domains, repeatedly picks up the two types of molecules and then places them at their target destinations. No additional power is required because the DNA robot does this by random walking across the origami surface.

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