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'Mechanically Active' DNA Material Designed
2012-10-23 07:46:47

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara designed a 'smart' material made of DNA that responds with movement when stimulated Artificial muscles and self-propelled goo may be the stuff of Hollywood fiction, but for UC Santa Barbara scientists Omar Saleh and Deborah Fygenson, the reality of it is not that far away. By blending their areas of expertise, the pair have created a dynamic gel made of DNA that mechanically responds to stimuli in much the same way that cells do. The results of their...