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DNA Robots Target Cancer

By Abby Olena | February 12, 2018

Researchers use DNA origami to generate tiny mechanical devices that deliver a drug that cuts off the blood supply to tumors in mice.


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Top Technical Advances in 2017

By Shawna Williams | December 25, 2017

The year’s most impressive achievements include new methods to extend CRISPR editing, patch-clamp neurons hands-free, and analyze the contents of live cells.

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The Biggest DNA Origami Structures Yet

By Abby Olena | December 6, 2017

Three new strategies for using DNA to generate large, self-assembling shapes create everything from a nanoscale teddy bear to a nanoscale Mona Lisa.


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Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots

By Ruth Williams | September 14, 2017

Autonomous molecules that collect, carry, and sort different genetic packages usher in a new era for nucleic-acid robotics. 


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By The Scientist Staff | July 17, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the July/August issue of The Scientist.


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DNA Origami

By The Scientist Staff | July 17, 2017

Will complex, folded synthetic DNA molecules one day serve as capsules to deliver drugs to cancer cells?


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Twists and Turns

By Mary Beth Aberlin | July 17, 2017

New starring roles for nucleic acids

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Building Nanoscale Structures with DNA

By Arun Richard Chandrasekaran | July 17, 2017

The versatility of geometric shapes made from the nucleic acid are proving useful in a wide variety of fields from molecular computation to biology to medicine.


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More-Stable DNA Origami

By Tracy Vence | July 23, 2015

Scientists build nanoscale mesh models of a rabbit and a human stick figure, among other things. 


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Giant DNA Origami

By Jef Akst | September 18, 2014

Researchers create the largest 3-D DNA structures to date, many times bigger than previously constructed origami shapes.


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