Science Questions

Can nanotechnology change DNA?

Tue, 11th Dec 2012

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Pushkar Nareshta asked:

Can nanotechnology like mini robots for instance change our DNA in our body in the future? Would you see this being a therapy of the future?


Stefanie -   Well, if you think about proteins working in the cell, they are in some way nano robots that do their job.  There is still a very long way to go, but yes, maybe.

Chris -   So, you're saying that the mini machines in the forms of enzymes that we already have in our cells doing these jobs, they're like robots anyway.

Stefanie -   Yes, so if you could use them and make them do what you plan to do then, yes.


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