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Synthetic Gene-like Crystals
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Synthetic Gene-like Crystals

August 10, 2010
Image of 3-D, synthetic, DNA-like crystals.

The DNA-like crystals have a sequence of information that is believed to code for carbon capture. The discovery could result in a new way of capturing heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions that add to global warming, rising sea levels and increased ocean acidity, and could lead to cleaner energy, including technology that could be used in factories and cars to capture carbon dioxide before it reaches the atmosphere. The discovery was made by a research team led by Omar M. Yaghi and Hexiang Deng, chemists from the University of California, Los Angeles. To learn more, see the UCLA news release, "UCLA chemists create synthetic 'gene-like' crystals for carbon dioxide capture." (Date of Image: 2010)