Nanoshuttle wear and tear: It’s the mileage, not the age

26 enero 2015

As nanomachine design advances, researchers are moving from wondering if the nanomachine works to how long it will work — an important question as there are so many potential applications, e.g., for medical uses including drug delivery and early diagnosis. Scientists observed a molecular shuttle powered by kinesin motor proteins and found it to degrade when operating, marking the first time degradation has been studied in detail in an active, autonomous nanomachine.