Scientists develop DNA nanorobots capable of stopping cancer growth

By Karen February 13, 2018

In a major breakthrough, scientists have successfully developed tiny nanorobots made of DNA and protein that can be directed at tumours, stopping them from growing.

The study was led by researchers at the National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology in Beijing and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and involved the head of the Chronic Disorders Research Program at Brisbane’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Professor Greg Anderson.

To build the nanorobots, scientists specifically constructed sheets of DNA that were folded and bound together to form a tube-like structure using a technique called “DNA origami”.

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