The nanofabrication technique, called “DNA-brick self-assembly,” uses short, synthetic strands of DNA that work like interlocking Lego® bricks. It capitalizes on the ability to program DNA to form into predesigned shapes thanks to the underlying "recipe" of DNA base pairs. [Animation created by Digizyme for the Wyss Institute.]

This animation shows how the DNA strands self assemble to build a structure.

For a full description of the process, go to 53979004">vimeo.com/53979004

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