is the cross disciplinary study of the merging of nanotechnology and genetics, i.e. using genetic nanostructure to create nanometer size machines, etc or “Nanogenes”. I first thought of this term in the summer of 1997 while vacationing in Michigan.
 The first mention that I can find of the mixing of genetics and nanotechnology is the novel ‘’Blood Music’’ by Greg Bear published in 1985. In that novel Mr. Bear creates white blood cells with a certain degree of intelligence and the ability to change and evolve.(See Greg Bear or Blood Music)
 The basic primer on nanotechnology is Richard Feynman’s December 29, 1959 lecture ‘’There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom’’(Feynman Article) Other sources of nanotechnology information are :

 Patent searches can be made at    IBM Patent Searches

 While the current state of nanotechnological development is for the most part theoretical, I propose to present a new line of discussion for my project. Most prior work has held that assemblers must be self replicating in an androgynous sense, and have great strength in the form of diamond or fullerene backbones. As an alternative I propose binary nanogenetic assemblers which are incomplete in and of themselves and read the instruction set coded into the external DNA sequence of a mated pair or controller assembler and which consists of low strength inert composites upon which a coded DNA fragment is placed.  These nanogene fragments need not be limited to acting as pairs for purposes of assembly but can act as teams of three or more.  One of the difficulties of prior work is the conceptual problem of how to store the coded instruction set in a single nano-unit.  By using the DNA fragments of other nanogenes as the instruction set ,depending on complexity, the instruction set can be parsed among multiple nanogenes.  Errors common in DNA replication can be minimized by the use of yeast type telomeres as nanogene ‘’stop ‘’ or ‘’start’’ instructions. If you would like to discuss this or any other nanogenetic topic please email me at the address below.

Copyright 1998, Nanogenetics

Additional souces of information are Leonard Adleman's 11/94 Science Article "Molecular Computation..."first describing DNA Computers

                                                      Erik's Molecular Computation page

                                                      Laura Landweber's Gene Scrambling, and DNA Computing

                                                      Nanogenetic Patent Collection

                                                      Quantum Computer Collection