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Artificial DNA nanostructures, or "DNA origami" may provide a cheap framework on which to build tiny microchips, according to a paper published on Sunday in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
"Basically, this is telling us that biological structures like DNA actually offer some very reproducible, repetitive kinds of patterns that we can actually leverage in semiconductor processes," he said.
Right now, the tinier the chip, the more expensive the equipment. Narayan said that if the DNA origami process scales to production-level, manufacturers could trade hundreds of millions of dollars in complex tools for less than a million dollars of polymers, DNA solutions, and heating implements. "The savings across many fronts could add up significantly," he said.
The great promise of DNA origami is that, eventually, we can build 3D structures with it using tiles.
I think that is what we will see after 3d chips come about, a 4d chip.
Originally posted by ExPostFacto
So this is the basis for replicators? I think so. If DNA can build a microchip, why not a house? Why not a car? Why not a shirt?