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Crystals 2016, 6(8), 97;

3D DNA Crystals and Nanotechnology

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA
Department of Chemistry, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Academic Editor: Jinwei Zhang
Received: 28 July 2016 / Revised: 11 August 2016 / Accepted: 12 August 2016 / Published: 18 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nucleic Acid Crystallography)
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DNA’s molecular recognition properties have made it one of the most widely used biomacromolecular construction materials. The programmed assembly of DNA oligonucleotides has been used to create complex 2D and 3D self-assembled architectures and to guide the assembly of other molecules. The origins of DNA nanotechnology are rooted in the goal of assembling DNA molecules into designed periodic arrays, i.e., crystals. Here, we highlight several DNA crystal structures, the progress made in designing DNA crystals, and look at the current prospects and future directions of DNA crystals in nanotechnology. View Full-Text
Keywords: DNA crystals; nanotechnology; crystal design DNA crystals; nanotechnology; crystal design

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Paukstelis, P.J.; Seeman, N.C. 3D DNA Crystals and Nanotechnology. Crystals 2016, 6, 97.

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