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Published: May 25, 2017
A group of Associate Professor Ryuji Kawano of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Division of Biotechnology and Life Science, Institute of Engineering, and Associate Professor Masahiro Takinoue of Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Computing succeeded in detecting output molecules that are the calculation results of DNA computing using DNA molecules as electric information through a nanopore1 membrane protein (Figure 1).
Computers that we use everyday and engineering robots that incorporate these perform binary numerical calculation information processing using electrons as information media. On the other hand, molecular robots2 aim to perform information processing using binary numbers or more sophisticated computations using molecules (DNA/RNA) as information media. In this research, they performed "AND" AND operation3, which is a binary number, through DNA computing. We converted and output DNA as an input molecule to RNA and successfully detected the output RNA using electrochemical measurement via a nanopore. This makes it possible to retrieve output molecules as information in a shorter time than with conventional methods. In addition, because it is possible to convert molecular information into electric information, the results lead to the integration of molecular robots and electronic devices.
In the future, it is expected to be applied to systems that can diagnose and treat diseases in the body by constructing molecular robots with advanced functions.
This research result was published on the online edition of ACS Synthetic Biology on April 17.
Nano-sized pore, about 1.4 nm in diameter forms in the cell membrane by membrane proteins and ion channels.
Molecules are systemized through the introduction of robot engineering methodology, and it is a programmable artificial molecular system with advanced "senses," "intelligence," and "motion."
A circuit that outputs "1" as a calculation result only when all of the input signals are true "1" at one of the logic gates. It is included in IC chips, etc., and becomes a basic element when the device calculates.
Masayuki Ohara1, Masahiro Takinoue2, Ryuji Kawano1*
Title of original paper:
Nanopore Logic Operation with DNA to RNA Transcription in a Droplet System
ACS Synthetic Biology (April 17, 2017 in the online edition)
1Division of Biotechnology and Life Science, Institute of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT)
2Department of Computer Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology
School of Computing
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Information on School of Computing inaugurated in April 2016
Associate Professor Ryuji Kawano
Division of Biotechnology and Life Science, Institute of Engineering,
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Associate Professor Masahiro Takinoue
Department of Computer Science, School of Computing,
Tokyo Institute of Technology
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