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Will crowd sourcing provide the next genetics breakthrough?

Will crowd sourcing provide the next genetics breakthrough? | Random Everything | Scoop.it
A wealth of extra free genetic data could be at scientists' fingertips if a new website allowing the public to make their test results available gets enough traction. OpenSNP provides a way for people who have had tests carried out by direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies – so far 23andMe, deCODEme and Family Tree DNA are supported – to upload their raw results online along with personal characteristics they wish to share from their eye colour to artistic ability to coffee consumption. Everyone can see the resulting data and download it, including scientists.

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Self-moving DNA walkers and spiders have a body and feet made from DNA

Self-moving DNA walkers and spiders have a body and feet made from DNA | Random Everything | Scoop.it

Biophysicists have found two ways to create molecular robots and spiders. The first, known as DNA walkers, have a body and feet made from DNA, with extra "anchor" strands of DNA that join the feet to a surface. When different "fuel" strands are put in front of a walker, they preferentially join to the anchor strands, thereby freeing the walker to move forward. The second type of robot, known as a molecular spider, has a protein body and DNA legs that chemically cleave tall strands of DNA on a surface.

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/42599


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