Scientists Make Chemical Cousin Of DNA For Use As New Nanotechnology Building Block

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 13:55 in Physics & Chemistry

In the rapid and fast-growing world of nanotechnology, researchers are continually on the lookout for new building blocks to push innovation and discovery to scales much smaller than the tiniest speck of dust. While scientists are fully exploring the promise of DNA nanotechnology, some researchers are working to give scientists brand new materials to aid their designs. One team has now made the first self-assembled nanostructures composed entirely of glycerol nucleic acid -- a synthetic analog of DNA.

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