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. 2018 Jun;30(24):e1703721.
doi: 10.1002/adma.201703721. Epub 2018 Jan 24.

Evolution of Structural DNA Nanotechnology

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Evolution of Structural DNA Nanotechnology

Sami Nummelin et al. Adv Mater. .

Abstract

The research field entitled structural DNA nanotechnology emerged in the beginning of the 1980s as the first immobile synthetic nucleic acid junctions were postulated and demonstrated. Since then, the field has taken huge leaps toward advanced applications, especially during the past decade. This Progress Report summarizes how the controllable, custom, and accurate nanostructures have recently evolved together with powerful design and simulation software. Simultaneously they have provided a significant expansion of the shape space of the nanostructures. Today, researchers can select the most suitable fabrication methods, and design paradigms and software from a variety of options when creating unique DNA nanoobjects and shapes for a plethora of implementations in materials science, optics, plasmonics, molecular patterning, and nanomedicine.

Keywords: computer-aided design; nanotechnology; nucleic acids; programmable materials; self-assembly.

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