DNA twisted into boxes

A news article in Nature reports on a group that has constructed three dimensional boxes, including a lockable lid, from DNA. Using specifically designed oligonuclitides, the boxes self-assemble chemically from long strands of DNA in solution. According to the article, "It takes only an hour or two for billions of boxes to form by themselves."

The article include both "artists conceptions" and electron-microscope images of the actual objects.

Update 13 May 2009: The Nature article above has been put into restricted access. Here is a Science News report which is not restricted.

Picture of DNA twisted into boxes
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mr.space7 years ago
out of interest, which one of the pictures is electron microscope?
kelseymh (author)  mr.space7 years ago
I meant "left" (the fuzzy, blobbly one), rather than the nice neat "basket-weaving" artist's impressions. My thanks to W'burg for correcting my chirality error.
comodore7 years ago
Of what value is this, what can it be used for??? It is very interesting but what is the point of it? Thanks!
If you read the article, you might find out. Answers lie within...
hehe... This was easier !!! :D
Laziness isn't an accepted excuse, most places. :\
Its not... But I have to make an account and even, I think pay so i can enter and read the whole article...
kelseymh (author)  comodore7 years ago
I assume you didn't read my reply to you, or follow the additional link added.
No, where is it? I can't see your reply.
kelseymh (author)  comodore7 years ago
On May 13, 2009. 3:01 PM, kelseymh(author) says:
Sorry about that. I see the same restriction myself. I've added a link to the Science News writeup which doesn't have any liimits.

I added the link to the main body of the topic, in the final sentence which begins "Update".
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