Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines
© 2004 Robert A. Freitas Jr. and Ralph C. Merkle. All Rights Reserved.
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Ralph C. Merkle, Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines, Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, TX, 2004.
4.5 Biomolecular-Directed Positional Parts Assembly (1994-present)
The ability to positionally assemble nanoscale building blocks or nanoparts into larger nanomachines of various kinds is a key capability that could enable nanomachine self-replication. Several proposals have been made to harness the self-organizing abilities of polynucleotides, proteins, and even whole artificial microbes or viruses for this purpose. (The authors are also preparing an entire book  on the subject of nonbiological positional assembly with a focus on diamond mechanosynthesis; positional manipulator arrays are briefly described in Section 5.7.)
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