The Synthetic Biomechanics of Active DNA Systems

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Microscopic image of a layer of well-ordered DNA nanotubes. This layer will form the basis of an active, contractile muscle-like mechanical system.

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We are creating materials capable of some of the mechanical functions of living cells, such as responsive contraction and shape changes. We envision these materials being parts of next-generation sensors and devices capable of, e.g., delivering drugs, sensing the presence of certain chemicals, or assisting in wound healing.



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