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Mini-DNA strands knock macroscale blocks into shape

Left, separated red and green hydrogel blocks. Right, self-assembled red and green hydrogel blocks.

Short DNA strands decorating the surfaces of gel blocks guide the cubes into a flower-like formation. Credit: OIST

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Nature 602, 364 (2022)



  1. Sontakke, V. A. & Yokobayashi, Y. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 144, 2149–2155 (2022).

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