Exploring Cell Processes on a Nano Scale with DNA-Based Robotics

The \”Nano Robot\” is a robot built entirely from DNA that can be used to study cell processes

Scientists from Inserm and CNRS, along with the Universite de Montpellier, are conducting a serious study at the Structural Biology Center, Montpellier, to build a tiny robot out of DNA to study invisible cell processes. This \”nano robot\” is a highly innovative device that will allow scientists to study the forces at microscopic scales, which are critical for many biological processes and pathological conditions. A new study in Nature Communications describes it.

Mechanical forces on the microscopic level trigger biological signals that are essential for many cell processes, whether they are involved in normal body functioning or the development of disease.

The feeling of touch, for example, is partially dependent on the application mechanical forces to specific cell receptors. This discovery was rewarded this year with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.