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By Taliesin Nyala 07FIsaac Bruss 06F can tell DNA to self-assemble into a structure of his own choosing.
In 2009, scientists took DNA nanotechnology to the next level: they figured out how to make nature's smallest building blocks self-assemble into crystallized structures. Essentially, scientists attach DNA to nanoparticles, which in turn direct those particles to form structures.
For Div III, Bruss, who did an internship in the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, built on this groundbreaking work by designing DNA with two binding zones, instead of just one.