(Article Precis, 14/Nov/1998, Issue 2160, p7)
It may soon be possible to use DNA to connect together miniature
circuit devices, if a patent pending by the San Diego based
Nanotronics and the University of California is approved.
Different DNA substances which are known to bond together are applied
to a substrate's surface, and to the target component. Placed in a
soluable medium and brought together, the DNA coatings chemically
bond, securing the element to the substrate.
The technique can be used to coat large areas of a 2D or 3D surface
with a great number of nano-scale elements, eg. photodetectors in a
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Precised by Ian Mapleson, 13/Nov/1998.