Polymer production line runs on DNA | Chemistry World - US researchers have developed a purely chemical and enzyme-free system that can build synthetic polymers using DNA as a template. The work offers the opportunity to harness the power of natural selection by creating large libraries of synthetic polymers in a similar way that nature evolves biopolymers such as proteins.(10.1038/NCHEM.1577)
Forging a new periodic table using nanostructures - Northwestern University's Chad Mirkin has developed a new set of building blocks based on nanoparticles and DNA. Using these tools, scientists will be able to build -- from the bottom up, just as nature does -- new and useful structures. Mirkin has built more than 200 different crystal structures with 17 different particle arrangements. Some of the lattice types can be found in nature, but many are new structures that have no naturally occurring mineral counterpart.