Home » Uncategorized » DNA origami – art from DNA molecules

DNA origami – art from DNA molecules

Paul Rothemund, a researcher from Caltech, uses DNA molecules and applies a technique he has developed to create two-dimensional shapes. The technique, aptly called DNA origami, is something Rothemund believes can be used in the future to build small chemical factories or molecular electronics by connecting proteins and inorganic parts to DNA circuit boards.

DNA, long considered the basis of pretty much everything, is rapidly becoming the molecule of choice by nano-designers and engineers. Its composition and chemical attributes have already been widely scrutinized and many tools are already around to manage it. Another plus factor is that DNA can be synthesized in massive quantities fast and cheap.

Rothemund begins his DNA origami by folding a single strand of DNA back and forth until he accomplishes the shape or pattern he wants. The whole piece is then secured at various strategic points with hundreds of short DNA staples.

However, before he uses real DNA, Rothemund uses nano software to design the shapes and patterns he wants the DNA strand to end up looking like. The application also identifies the snippets of DNA code for the staples. From here… “You send an email to a company [that synthesizes DNA] and they send you back a Fed-Ex package with the staples in it”, according to Rothemund.

The DNA pattern is then heated in a salt solution, causing the single DNA strand and the staples to melt together automatically and form the desired two-dimensional shape.

About Melanie Tan

Check Also


Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.


Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.


Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games


Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...


Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.


No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.