Foresight Nanotech Institute Weekly News Digest: October 23, 2008
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…two basic structural motifs of DNA nanotechnology have been efficiently and inexpensively replicated in bacterial cells. The fact that these artificial DNA nanostructures are tolerated in living cells was surprising, and may open new avenues for synergism between nanotech and synthetic biology…
Nanotech pathways to a sustainable energy economy are generating a great deal of interest in Europe…
Combining a nanotech method of getting genes inside cancer cells with genetic engineering of a potent suicide gene driven by control signals that are very active only in cancer cells effectively killed cell lines derived from pancreatic cancer, a deadly cancer for which there is currently no effective treatment…
A group of German scientists have developed a new slant on DNA nanotechnology by using atomic force microscopy to assemble a DNA scaffold on a surface to which molecular building blocks can then bind. The pattern of molecular building blocks thus assembled can be arbitrarily complex, with individual building blocks spaced about 50 nm apart…
The design of a novel protein whose catalytic activity is controlled by light may or may not have direct nanotech applications, but it represents another milestone in engineering proteins. In this case scientists were able to engineer functional communication between two unrelated proteins by taking advantage of the fact that each protein exhibits allosteric regulation…
—Nanodot posts by James Lewis
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