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June 17, 2010

01:34

Everyone loves arts and crafts!  And what could be craftier than being creative with your genetic material? DNA origami is more than just a hobby.  In addition to Paul Rothmund, this year's Kavli Prize winner in Nanoscience, Nadrian Seeman, uses the technique extensively in his revolutionary "DNA assembly line" technique!

So what are you waiting for?  Get folding!

Host: Brit Trogen

Photo credits: Paul Rothmund, University of Illinois, Brookhaven National Laboratory, jabulela.com, Wikimedia users Zephyris, Pocopen, Mike Hunt, Ioan Sameli and Laitche

References: 

http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/article/25495/Researchers-develop-nanorobots-to-detect-and-kill-cancer-cells.aspx

http://www.dna.caltech.edu/~pwkr/

http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100310/full/464158a.html

YOUR COMMENTS

cathy bodmer on June 27, 2010
I would love to fold DNA into origami. The crane is one of the specialities I use to teach origami to students I sub for. I got my love for origami from a substitute teacher when I was in grade 6 in 1961. Who says substitute teachers never teach anything!

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