Re: nanotech-related investments

Peter C. McCluskey (
Thu, 5 Feb 1998 08:42:28 -0800 (Eugene Leitl) writes:
>On Tue, 27 Jan 1998, Peter C. McCluskey wrote:
>> folding problem appears to be at least as hard as producing a crude
>> molecular assembler. Zyvex appears to have a serious approach to building
>This is comparing apples and oranges. Producing a crude molecular

It's comparing effort to effort.

>assembler is a bootstrap tinkering thing, while (i)PFP is just (lots) of
>crunch. Engineering bacteria and jarvesting proteins in (k)g quantities
>from fermenters is not particularly hard.

Just using lots of cpu power won't solve the PFP, at least not before
rod-logic computers are cheap.

>> Markus Krummenacker have some well thought out plans about making an
>> assembler from protein and dna that doesn't seem to require any software
>Doesn't _seem_. I do not see how I can engineer enzymes, and design
>good-fit complementary surfaces without a full-blown IPFP. Btw, granted

Instead of engineering new proteins, just build things by attaching
known proteins to each other and to dna.

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