[ Back to EurekAlert! ]

Contact: Kristen Kusek
kristen.kusek@wyss.harvard.edu
617-432-8266
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

3D DNA Bricks

Caption: These are computer-generated 3D models (left) and corresponding 2D projection microscopy images (right) of nanostructures self-assembled from synthetic DNA strands called DNA bricks. A master DNA brick collection defines a 25-nanometer cubic “molecular canvas” with 1000 voxels. By selecting subsets of bricks from this canvas, Ke et al. constructed a panel of 102 distinct shapes exhibiting sophisticated surface features as well as intricate interior cavities and tunnels. These nanostructures may enable diverse applications ranging from medicine to nanobiotechnology and electronics.

Credit: Image Credit: Yonggang Ke, Wyss Institute, Harvard University

Usage Restrictions: Credit required

Related news release: Harvard's Wyss Institute team creates versatile 3d nanostructures using DNA 'bricks'


[ Back to EurekAlert! ]