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MOLECULAR PROGRAMMING DR ANDREW HERBERT OBE FRENG MICROSOFT DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, MICROSOFT RESEARCH

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  • 1. Molecular programming
    Dr Andrew Herbert OBE FREng
    Microsoft distinguished engineer & managing Director, Microsoft Research

2. Smaller andsmaller
Placement and orientation of individual DNA shapes on lithographically patterned surfaces. Nature Nanotechnology 4, 557 - 561 (2009).
H Song et al. Nature 462, 1039-1043 (2009) doi:10.1038/nature08639
3. Building The Smallest Things
How do we build structures that are by definition smaller than our tools?
Basic answer: We cant. Structures (and tools) should build themselves!
4. Molecular assembly
Nature can self-assemble. Can we?
Dear Furniture Shop, please send me a table that assembles itself.
ADD WATER
5. dna
6. NanoscaleEngineering
Sensing
Computing
Constructing
Actuating
7. Design & simulation
8. Compilation & code generation
9. Just add water & experiment!
10. The future: Computational Drugs
Simplified (omitting the no pathway)
Nature 429, 423-429 An autonomous molecular computer for logical control of gene expression
Yaakov Benenson1,2, Binyamin Gil2, Uri Ben-Dor1, Rivka Adar2 & Ehud Shapiro1,2
1 - Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
2 - Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
11. Acknowledgement: Luca Cardelli, Microsoft Research
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