"DNA Bricks" Act as Tiny Legos

Building upon the fields of DNA origami and DNA tiles, researchers have come up with a way to coax single-stranded DNA into a wide variety of shapes for possible applications in biophysics, medicine and nano-electronics. These “DNA bricks,” reported by Yonggang Ke and colleagues, assemble themselves into complex, three-dimensional nano-structures, and they might be ideal for hosting and delivering certain proteins or nanoparticles.

Read more about this research from the 30 November issue of Science here.

[Image courtesy of Yonggang Ke; click the image for more information.]

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