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DNA on auto-pilot

January 3, 2019

Nature has made extravagant use of a simple molecule—DNA, the floorplan of all earthly life. Inventive researchers have used the same base-pairing properties that bond two strands of DNA into the familiar double helix to build innumerable useful structures at the nanometer scale. One such method, known as DNA origami, has yielded rich results in recent years, enabling the construction of a rapidly growing menagerie of 2- and 3-dimensional objects, with far-flung applications in material...

Tying the knot: New DNA nanostructures

November 2, 2018

Knots are indispensable tools for such human activities as sailing, fishing and rock climbing, (not to mention, tying shoes).  But tying a knot in a lacelike strand of DNA, measuring just billionths of a meter in length, requires patience and highly specialized expertise. Hao Yan, a researcher at ASU, is a practiced hand in this delicate and exotic field, operating at the crossroads of nanotechnology and fine art. In new research appearing in the journal Nature Communications, Yan...

Spaghetti-like, DNA “noodle origami” the new shape of things to come for nanotechnology

December 14, 2017

May one day revolutionize medicine by making and delivering drugs inside cells For the past few decades, scientists have been inspired by the molecule of life, DNA, as the shape of things to come for nanotechnology. This burgeoning field is called DNA origami. Scientists borrowed its moniker from the paper artists who conjure up birds, flowers and planes from imaginatively folding a single sheet of paper. Similarly, DNA origami scientists are dreaming up a variety of shapes ---at a...

Mentoring: Learn From the Best

March 8, 2017

Panelists: Heather Bimonte-Nelson, Ph.D., Professor, ASU Department of Psychology Bruce Rittmann, Ph.D., Director, Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology Ammar Tanveer, Graduate Student, Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery and Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy Fei Zhang, Ph.D., Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics Mentors and mentees alike understand the importance of mentoring in the growth of an...