Scientists create world’s first ‘molecular robot’

In a bid to boost the health sector, scientists have created the world’s first molecular robot which can be used to build molecules and also help discover novel drugs. The molecular robot, which is millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo using a tiny robotic arm.

Each individual robot is capable of manipulating a single molecule and is made up of just 150 carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen atoms. The robots operate by carrying out chemical reactions in special solutions which can then be controlled and programmed by scientists to perform the basic tasks.

All matter is made up of atoms and these are the basic building blocks that form molecules. Our robot is literally a molecular robot constructed of atoms just like you can build a very simple robot out of Lego bricks. The benefit of having machinery that is so small is it massively reduces demand for materials, can accelerate and improve drug discovery, dramatically reduce power requirements and rapidly increase the miniaturisation of other products.

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