In an Effort to Make Assembly Lines of the Future, Researchers Fold DNA Into Shapes That Can Copy Themselves
By ROBERT LEE HOTZ, The New York Times
Combining art, chemistry and computer science, bioengineers are taking origami into a new dimension, where creations are a thousand times smaller than the diameter of a human hair and materials are molecules that not only fold themselves but make endless copies of the result.
View Slideshow - Paul W. K. Rothemund, Nature
Caltech researcher Paul Rothemund and his colleagues made a gallery of attention-getting DNA devices, like this smiley face so small it can only be seen with an electron microscope.
In dozens of laboratories, these researchers are folding DNA into complex shapes, experimenting with molecular origami like apprentices learning to pleat their first paper swans.
Source - WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124413997181485425.html#printMode
The creative question here is, "Can hydrocarbon molecules someday be reworked to burn more efficiently and perhaps even reconstruct toxic effluents that result from the combusion process?"
Richard L. Wottrich