Volume 13 Issue 4, April 2018

Volume 13 Issue 4

In vivo decompression of genetic messages

DNA can encode man-made genetic programs that perform specific tasks in live cells. The delivery of a DNA program to a cell is akin to sending a message. Lapique and Benenson show that a DNA message can be compressed like a computer file to reduce its size, and can then be decompressed in a cell after being delivered. The cover is an artist's depiction of the decompression process that requires a site-specific recombinase protein and takes place in the nucleus. The fact that the chemical structure of DNA is also an information carrier is illustrated using the wireframe extrapolation.

See Benenson, Y et al.

Image: Bara Krautz, Science animated. Cover Design: Alex Wing


  • Editorial |

    The demonstration of room-temperature ferromagnetism in an atomically thin layer broadens the prospects for device applications of 2D van der Waals materials.

  • Editorial |

    Colloidal quantum dots can provide important information on electrical activity in neurons despite the difficulty of in vivo experiments.


  • Thesis |

    Religious people tend to have a different view of nanotechnology than non-religious people. Chris Toumey explores whether there are also different views between different religious groups.

    • Chris Toumey

Research Highlights

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    A nanoporous membrane made of carbon nanofibres and a porous ceramic substrate shows superfast water vapour transport while blocking salts.

    • Huanting Wang
  • News & Views |

    Molecular motors embedded in a frustrated liquid crystal film induce the formation of sustained rotating patterns under light irradiation.

    • David Bléger




In the Classroom

  • In the Classroom |

    Giacomo Prando explains how his experience as an editor helped him broaden his horizons as a scientist.

    • Giacomo Prando
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