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A cargo-sorting DNA robot

Overview of attention for article published in Science, September 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (95th percentile)

Mentioned by

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41 news outlets
blogs
15 blogs
policy
1 policy source
twitter
188 tweeters
facebook
8 Facebook pages
wikipedia
1 Wikipedia page
googleplus
6 Google+ users
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1 video uploader

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Readers on

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270 Mendeley
Title
A cargo-sorting DNA robot
Published in
Science, September 2017
DOI 10.1126/science.aan6558
Pubmed ID
Authors

Anupama J. Thubagere, Wei Li, Robert F. Johnson, Zibo Chen, Shayan Doroudi, Yae Lim Lee, Gregory Izatt, Sarah Wittman, Niranjan Srinivas, Damien Woods, Erik Winfree, Lulu Qian

Abstract

Two critical challenges in the design and synthesis of molecular robots are modularity and algorithm simplicity. We demonstrate three modular building blocks for a DNA robot that performs cargo sorting at the molecular level. A simple algorithm encoding recognition between cargos and their destinations allows for a simple robot design: a single-stranded DNA with one leg and two foot domains for walking, and one arm and one hand domain for picking up and dropping off cargos. The robot explores a two-dimensional testing ground on the surface of DNA origami, picks up multiple cargos of two types that are initially at unordered locations, and delivers them to specified destinations until all molecules are sorted into two distinct piles. The robot is designed to perform a random walk without any energy supply. Exploiting this feature, a single robot can repeatedly sort multiple cargos. Localization on DNA origami allows for distinct cargo-sorting tasks to take place simultaneously in one test tube or for multiple robots to collectively perform the same task.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 270 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 69 26%
Researcher 46 17%
Student > Bachelor 41 15%
Student > Master 38 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 6%
Other 37 14%
Unknown 24 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 60 22%
Chemistry 55 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 42 16%
Engineering 25 9%
Physics and Astronomy 22 8%
Other 34 13%
Unknown 32 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 533. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 January 2020.
All research outputs
#15,871
of 14,179,788 outputs
Outputs from Science
#910
of 63,835 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#762
of 270,297 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#47
of 986 outputs
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