Organizing materials with DNA

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  • Research Highlights |

    Cyanuric acid (CA) derivatives can co-assemble with polyadenine sequences to form a triple helical DNA-based structure bearing functional groups able to guide higher ordered architectures.

    • Colette Whitfield
  • Editorial |

    DNA is much more than the genetic information it carries. It is a versatile material for creating systems with tailor-made functionalities that are having an important impact in emerging technologies.

    Nature Materials 20, 1171
  • News & Views |

    Modelling the structure and behaviour of vesicles in cells requires liposomes with precise sizes, but producing liposomes with a narrow size distribution is challenging. An approach has now been developed to accurately size-sort liposomes in a scalable way by coating them with customized structures based on DNA nanotechnology.

    • Silvia Hernández-Ainsa
    Nature Chemistry 13, 301-302
  • 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
  • News & Views |

    Dye molecules are shown to assemble into J-aggregate arrays by sequence-specific organization in the minor groove of DNA duplex sequences. Energy transfer through these structures displays the hallmarks of coherent coupling over distances that exceed those of conventional dipole-coupling processes.

    • Marcel P. Bruchez
    Nature Materials 17, 112-113