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Scientists "paint" the world's smallest Mona Lisa on the world's largest DNA canvas


December 6, 2017

In 2006, researchers developed a method to fold a long strand of DNA into a prescribed shape. The technique, dubbed DNA origami, revolutionized the field of nanotechnology, opening up possibilities of building tiny molecular devices or "smart" programmable materials. Now, NSF-funded scientists have developed an inexpensive method by which DNA origami self-assembles into large arrays with entirely customizable patterns, creating a sort of canvas that can display any image. Full Story

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California Institute of Technology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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