Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Nanowires From DNA: Project Opens Up New Possibilities For Modified Chain Molecules

Date:
August 11, 2008
Source:
Universitaet Dortmund
Summary:
For millions of years nature has been optimizing DNA -- in all living creatures this biomolecule is responsible for storing genetic information. New research is putting the long chain molecule into a new context. Detached from its biological origin, artificial DNA double helices were modified in such a way that the evolutionarily optimized biomolecule can also be used as a key structural element for the arrangement of metal ions. There are numerous potential applications of this basic research. With this method, for example, molecular wires or the smallest magnets could be developed to be used in nanotechnology. Moreover, the scientists think about using it as catalysts, in medicine or as sensors.

For millions of years nature has been optimizing DNA – in all living creatures this biomolecule is responsible for storing genetic information.

Related Articles


Now a research project supervised by Dr. Jens Mόller from the Chair of Bioinorganic Chemistry at TU Dortmund, puts the long chain molecule into a new context.

Detached from its biological origin, artificial DNA double helices were modified in such a way that the evolutionarily optimized biomolecule can also be used as a key structural element for the arrangement of metal ions. There are numerous potential applications of this basic research. With this method, for example, molecular wires or the smallest magnets could be developed to be used in nanotechnology. Moreover, the scientists think about using it as catalysts, in medicine or as sensors.

In the context of the five-year project, the scientists succeeded in developing numerous so-called ”metal-ion-mediated base pairs” . By choosing the DNA sequence – the configuration of the single structural elements – the scientists can precisely influence the characteristics of the artificial “metallized” DNA. That is how, for example, the synthesis of a double helix with 19 consecutive meta-ion-mediated base pairs – the longest metal-modified DNA of this type ever reported – was done.

Within the scope of the Emmy Noether-Program, the project “Novel Metalated Base Pairs and Other Unusual DNA Motifs” has been funded with overall 530.000 Euros since August 2002. The Emmy Noether-Program is intended to support young scientists and enable them to become scientifically independent at an early stage. In this respect the Dortmund project is a total success with one habilitation thesis, two doctoral theses and five diploma theses. In addition to that, the results can be found in eleven publications in science journals.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Universitaet Dortmund. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Universitaet Dortmund. "Nanowires From DNA: Project Opens Up New Possibilities For Modified Chain Molecules." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 August 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080808091555.htm>.
Universitaet Dortmund. (2008, August 11). Nanowires From DNA: Project Opens Up New Possibilities For Modified Chain Molecules. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 27, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080808091555.htm
Universitaet Dortmund. "Nanowires From DNA: Project Opens Up New Possibilities For Modified Chain Molecules." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080808091555.htm (accessed November 27, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Matter & Energy News

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

NASA's First 3-D Printer In Space Creates Its First Object

NASA's First 3-D Printer In Space Creates Its First Object

Newsy (Nov. 26, 2014) — The International Space Station is now using a proof-of-concept 3D printer to test additive printing in a weightless, isolated environment. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Bolivian Recycling Initiative Turns Plastic Waste Into School Furniture

Bolivian Recycling Initiative Turns Plastic Waste Into School Furniture

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Nov. 26, 2014) — Innovative recycling project in La Paz separates city waste and converts plastic garbage into school furniture made from 'plastiwood'. Tara Cleary reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Blu-Ray Discs Getting Second Run As Solar Panels

Blu-Ray Discs Getting Second Run As Solar Panels

Newsy (Nov. 26, 2014) — Researchers at Northwestern University are repurposing Blu-ray movies for better solar panel technology thanks to the discs' internal structures. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Newsy (Nov. 26, 2014) — Advances in prosthetics are making replacement body parts stronger and more lifelike than they’ve ever been. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Space & Time

Matter & Energy

Computers & Math

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins