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An artist’s rendering of a DNA-based virus trap, represented as gray rods in a short cone-shaped arrangement. One is coated with blue molecules, likely antibodies, that adhere to a virus target. Another image shows to traps coming together to capture a red coronavirus.
“Origami” DNA Traps Could Keep Large Viruses From Infecting Cells
By engineering structures out of DNA, scientists could potentially prevent larger viruses, like coronaviruses and influenza viruses, from interacting with cells.
“Origami” DNA Traps Could Keep Large Viruses From Infecting Cells
“Origami” DNA Traps Could Keep Large Viruses From Infecting Cells

By engineering structures out of DNA, scientists could potentially prevent larger viruses, like coronaviruses and influenza viruses, from interacting with cells.

By engineering structures out of DNA, scientists could potentially prevent larger viruses, like coronaviruses and influenza viruses, from interacting with cells.

DNA origami
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Apr 1, 2018 | 2 min read
Selected Images of the Day from the-scientist.com
DNA Robots Target Cancer
Abby Olena, PhD | Feb 12, 2018 | 2 min read
Researchers use DNA origami to generate tiny mechanical devices that deliver a drug that cuts off the blood supply to tumors in mice.
Top Technical Advances in 2017
Shawna Williams | Dec 24, 2017 | 3 min read
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.
The Biggest DNA Origami Structures Yet
Abby Olena, PhD | Dec 6, 2017 | 3 min read
Three new strategies for using DNA to generate large, self-assembling shapes create everything from a nanoscale teddy bear to a nanoscale Mona Lisa.
Cargo-Sorting DNA Robots
Ruth Williams | Sep 14, 2017 | 3 min read
Autonomous molecules that collect, carry, and sort different genetic packages usher in a new era for nucleic-acid robotics. 
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jul 16, 2017 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the July/August issue of The Scientist.
Twists and Turns
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jul 16, 2017 | 3 min read
New starring roles for nucleic acids
Building Nanoscale Structures with DNA
Arun Richard Chandrasekaran | Jul 16, 2017 | 10+ min read
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.
DNA Origami
The Scientist Staff | Jul 16, 2017 | 1 min read
Will complex, folded synthetic DNA molecules one day serve as capsules to deliver drugs to cancer cells?
More-Stable DNA Origami
Tracy Vence | Jul 23, 2015 | 1 min read
Scientists build nanoscale mesh models of a rabbit and a human stick figure, among other things. 
Giant DNA Origami
Jef Akst | Sep 18, 2014 | 2 min read
Researchers create the largest 3-D DNA structures to date, many times bigger than previously constructed origami shapes.
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