Contact: Liz Ahlberg
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Caption: University of Illinois chemists found that DNA can shape gold nanoparticle growth similarly to the way it shapes protein synthesis, with different letters of the genetic code directing triangular gold nanoprisms to grow into gold circles, stars and hexagons.
Credit: Zidong Wang and Yi Lu
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