DNA Does Origami

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It can create a being as complex as you — and it can also make nanoscale smiley faces. There’s seemingly no end to the power of DNA, now seen folding into shapes and images.

Here at GT, we’re on a constant quest for the weirdly beautiful — and so far, the fields of systems biology haven’t disappointed. The latest: nanoscale shapes built using DNA. While the concept isn’t new — scientist Ned Seeman at New York University first proposed it two decades back — scientists today have a new take on it.

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