DNA nanotechnology

DNA nanotechnology is a branch of nanotechnology concerned with the design, study and application of synthetic structures based on DNA. DNA nanotechnology takes advantage of the physical and chemical properties of DNA rather than the genetic information it carries.

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  • News & Views |

    DNA-based dynamic networks show adaptation to external stimuli toward the generation of the fittest constituent. This selection principle has now been implemented to control the catalytic efficiency of an enzymatic reaction.

    • Lena J. Winat
    •  & Barbara Saccà
    Nature Catalysis 3, 865-866
  • News & Views |

    Programmable DNA building blocks hosting diverse nano-objects assemble into three-dimensional nanoparticle lattices whose geometry is determined by the shape and valence of the DNA block.

    • Veikko Linko
    •  & Mauri A. Kostiainen
    Nature Materials 19, 706-707
  • Comments & Opinion |

    The complexity of DNA-programmed nanoparticle assemblies has reached an unprecedented level owing to recent advances that enable delicate and comprehensive control over the formation of DNA bonds.

    • Shuoxing Jiang
    • , Fei Zhang
    •  & Hao Yan
    Nature Materials 19, 694-700
  • Research Highlights |

    A rod-shaped molecular motor constructed from DNA rolls in a straight line across an RNA-functionalized surface.

    • Stephen G. Davey
  • News & Views |

    RNA has multiple roles in biology, enabled by its structural diversity. Now, artificially grafted RNA motifs have been encoded in a single RNA strand to form self-assembling nanostructures with controlled geometry and function.

    • Qi Shen
    •  & Chenxiang Lin
    Nature Chemistry 12, 221-222