DNA Origami (video) Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Share Print E-Mail Loading video... 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 Usage Restrictions Must include credit. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.