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DNA NANOTUBES

Clocking growth and collapse

In biological systems, order typically emerges from out-of-equilibrium molecular processes that control both static patterns and dynamic changes. Now, the self-regulating assembly and disassembly of a synthetic system has been achieved on the micrometre scale, by coupling the growth of a DNA nanotube to a biochemical oscillator.

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Fig. 1: Assembly and disassembly of a DNA nanotube coupled to a biochemical oscillator.