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Integrated DNA Technologies Release: Building 3D Nanostructures With Synthetic DNA

12/9/2013 10:58:35 AM

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CORALVILLE, IA – 9 December 2013 – The quarterly newsletter DECODED, from Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) explores the work of Dr Pen Yin, assistant professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School, who is harnessing the base pairing properties of DNA to create 3D structures of “DNA bricks”. This new nano-construction technique is based on short DNA oligos, which assemble at right-angles to interlocking sequences, forming 3D units. With such a heavy dependency on oligonucleotide quality, Dr Yin has relied on IDT. These DNA bricks are inspiring many future applications, such as catalysts and drug compounds, and can eventually be used to create electrical circuit boards on the nanometer scale.

When compared to similar technologies (e.g. DNA Origami), the DNA bricks have a highly modular structure, which means they are easier to use. Where virtually carving the shape is possible by adding or removing specific voxels (10 x 10 x 10 cubes), it will be interesting to see where this innovative nanostructure technology will lead.

Read the full article in the latest issue of DECODED. For more information please visit Follow us on twitter @idtdna for real-time updates and insights.

About IDT

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) is the largest supplier of custom nucleic acids in the world, serving academic, government, and commercial researchers in biotechnology, clinical diagnostics, and pharmaceutical development. IDT's primary business is the manufacture of custom, synthetic DNA and RNA oligonucleotides. Today, IDT synthesizes and ships an average of 36,000 custom oligos per day to more than 86,000 customers worldwide. IDT manufacturing locations include facilities in Coralville, Iowa; San Diego, Calif.; Leuven, Belgium; and Singapore. For more information visit

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