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February 14, 2020

Diatom-like nanostructures created using base-pairing properties of DNA

A team of researchers designed a range of diatom-like nanostructures, using base-pairing properties of DNA to construct tiny structures that accumulated a silica outer skeleton similar to shell-building organisms known as diatoms.

[Research supported by National Science Foundation grant DMR 1104373.]

Learn more about this research in Arizona State University news story Single-celled architects inspire new nanotechnology. (Date image taken: July 16, 2018; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Feb. 14, 2020)

Credit: Xiaoguo Liu: Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics. Shireen Dooling: Biodesign Center at Arizona State University

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