A new way to create ‘soft robots’

October 23, 2017

Biochemical engineers at Johns Hopkins University used sequences of DNA molecules to cause water-based gels to change shape, demonstrating a new tactic to produce soft robots and “smart” medical devices that don’t rely on cumbersome wires, batteries, or tethers.

The research, supervised by three faculty members in the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, is detailed online today in the journal Science.


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