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Building Nanobottles with DNA

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Materials World Network: Self-Assembled DNA Nanotubes: Biomimetic Design, Controlled Surface Alignment and Templated Nanowire Formation  (Arizona State University)

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Scientists have harnessed DNA's self-assembling abilities to build nanostructures in a variety of shapes such as spheres and bottles. A team of scientists at Arizona State University showed that they can build nanostructures with high curvature from DNA.

Using this technique, it may be possible to build nanoscale machines and electronic devices, including computer chips with smaller features.

DNA is naturally self-assembling, and uses this capacity to combine and reassemble parental genes to create a new genetic map for offspring. The Arizona State researchers induced the DNA to build various nanostructures, including 2-D shapes and 3-D spherical and ellipsoidal shells and nanobottles.

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  • simulated colorful DNA double helix, pink nanobottles on checkered surface
  • Schematics of concentric circles, squares & nanoscale structures
Simulated DNA double helix w/nanoscale structures
Hao Yan et al., Science, vol. 332, pages 342-346 (2011)
Schematics, concentric circles & squares (top) and atomic force microscope images of corresponding nanoscale structures
Hao Yan et al., Science, vol. 332, pages 342-346 (2011)

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