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News Release 11-075

DNA Origami Used to Create 3-D Nanostructures

a nanosphere self-assemble.
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Watch a nanosphere self-assemble using the DNA origami technique.

April 14, 2011

View a video showing the self-assembly of a nanosphere using the DNA origami technique.

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Inspired by nature, researchers have started to use the self-assembling feature of DNA to design nanotubes and other objects that have useful electrical and mechanical properties.

As a member of the National Science Foundation’s Materials World Network, Hao Yan and his team at Arizona State University recently developed a new strategy to build nanostructures using DNA as a scaffold for assembly. The research is published in the April 15 issue of the journal Science.

Read the full story from the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University here.


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David A. Brant, NSF, (703) 292-4941, email:

Principal Investigators
Hao Yan, Arizona State University, (480) 727-8570, email:

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