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Using Living Cells as Nanotechnology Factories


October 8, 2008

engineering graphic In the tiny realm of nanotechnology, scientists have used a wide variety of materials to build atomic-scale structures. But, just as it is in the construction business, nanotechnology researchers can often be limited by the amount of raw materials available. Now Hao Yan, a researcher at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has avoided these pitfalls by using cells as factories to make DNA-based nanostructures inside a living cell. Full Story

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