University of Alberta (Edmonton)
3D DNA Origami Structures – developing a new assembly standard that will allow nanocircuit construction
|Team Grade Level:||University|
|STEM Focus:||Synthetic Biology|
With DNA Origami, self assembling properties organize the DNA strand into patterns by using the local forces to find the lowest energy configuration, which is an Bottom-Up approach. To fold the DNA strand into a well defined structure using DNA staples is an example of Top-Down approach. DNA has many advantages over traditional materials such as biological compatibility, low manufacturing cost and the information regarding shape and size is carried over upon replication.
iGEM Medal Achieved: Silver