Researchers Use Tensegrity to Create Self-Assembling, Transforming Nanodevices Made out of DNA

Researchers Use Tensegrity to Create Self-Assembling, Transforming Nanodevices Made out of DNA

July 2, 2010 8:09 pm 1 comment

Diagram of nanodevice built out of DNA using tensegrity

By emulating nature’s design principles, a team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has created nanodevices made of DNA that self-assemble and can be programmed to move and change shape on demand. In contrast to existing nanotechnologies, these programmable nanodevices are highly suitable for medical applications because DNA is both biocompatible and biodegradable.

Harvard Medical School: Researchers create self-assembling nanodevices that move and change shape on demand

(via Edge of Tomorrow)

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