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Contact: Kristen Kusek
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

DNA Origami

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Caption: DNA origami is a process that can be used to self-assemble shapes that are of nanometer dimensions -- 100 nanometers is about 1,000 times shorter than the width of an average human hair. In this movie, one long, single strand of DNA (gray) is used as a 'scaffold,' which is manipulated to form a lattice through base-pairing with numerous 'staples' short, chemically-synthesized DNA strands (colored).

Credit: Animation by Shawn Douglas, Wyss Institute

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