Peixuan Guo's Biomotor and RNA Nanotechnology

From: Apr 29, 2014 | kbowman

This viral video, for an NIH contest, features Peixuan Guo, one of the world's foremost RNA nanotechnology experts.

Guo, a University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy researcher has made three major breakthroughs thanks to NIH funding. The first is discovery of a revolving biomotor that can serve as a prototype for synthetic nanomotors. These motors could deliver therapeutic DNA, RNA or drugs into diseased cells. The second discovery involves inserting this biomotor into a lipid membrane for environmental monitoring, athlete drug screening and disease diagnosis. This technology has the potential to deliver a person’s entire genome for as low as $1,000, through single-pore DNA sequencing. The third breakthrough was creation of an RNA nanotechnology platform to construct nanoparticles to treat cancer. This technology targets and destroys cancer cells exclusively, without harming healthy tissue.

Produced by Alicia P. Gregory, videography/direction by Chad Rumford (Research Communications) & the Vis Center Media Team 

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