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Wyss Institute Launches "Molecular Origami" Interactive Feature
Date:1/28/2010

Molecular Origami is a process that allows researchers to build nano-sized structures out of DNA (or RNA). To help illustrate the basics of DNA origami, Harvard’s Wyss Institute has created a Flash-based interactive feature that allows users to build virtual nanostructures by sequencing a simple, abstract representation of a DNA molecule and then allowing it to self assemble.

Boston, Mass. (PRWEB) January 28, 2010 -- Molecular Origami is a process that allows researchers to build nano-sized structures out of DNA (or RNA). To help illustrate the basics of DNA origami, Harvard’s Wyss Institute has created a Flash-based interactive feature that allows users to build virtual nanostructures by sequencing a simple, abstract representation of a DNA molecule and then allowing it to self assemble. Users can build structures of their own design – the dynamic nature of the feature allows for an endless number of design possibilities – or they can build and modify pre-set shapes.


Everyone knows the purpose of DNA, and that is to carry the genetic information for all life on earth -- the function it has been performing for billions of years. But over the past three decades researchers have explored the use of DNA for a whole new purpose: as a building material. This new process is called DNA origami because a long strand of DNA is programmed to fold in on itself to create pre-designed shapes, much like a single sheet of paper is folded to create a variety of designs in the traditional Japanese art.

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