Wednesday, January 11, 2006

DNA Nanowires Fuse Biological and Electronic

Let's be thankful for people like Pam Frost Gorder. She wrote a nice article, "Researchers Make Long DNA Wires For Future Medical And Electronic Devices", posted at

Basically it explains how a couple of Ohio State University researchers invented a simple process for uncoiling DNA strands and using them as nanowire, effectively fusing biological and electronic devices.
Think "Commander Data", from Star Trek.
They also hope to use the technique for more refined gene therapy.
Think "saving lives."

Anyway, Gorder wrote a nice story that does an excellent job of explaining a rather dry and complicated process. Believe me. The abridged version of the complete story (Generating highly ordered DNA nanostrand arrays which was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) is enough to put most of us asleep in less time than it took me to write this sentence.

There can be a large gap between the realm of Arts and Sciences and the "normal person", but thanks to people like Gorder we can at least stay informed...

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