3d molecular printer


This is so amazing:

The way the machine works is quite extraordinary. It is able to break down very complex molecules into their basic chemical building blocks. To put things b5into perspective, imagine each chemical building block as a different LEGO brick. They all share the same connectors, but may be totally different from one another. The machine is able to use a catch-and-release method to automate the process of connecting these building blocks together, one brick at a time, while releasing the byproducts of each chemical reaction. It was this technique of releasing the unwanted byproducts which made this breakthrough a reality. Using this process the machine can utilize over 200 different building blocks along with thousands of other molecules to ‘print’ billions of different organic compounds, many of which make up 14 classes of small molecules, including the ratanhine molecule family. Also, according to Burke, it can even synthesize chemicals which were never before created by human beings.