by Andre on 17 January 2006
I talked about doing this with a colleague a while ago and it seems we weren’t the only ones thinking about it.
People have sugested using DNA as an advanced nano-material for a long time, but it seems like it hasn’t had the impact some people were predicting. I think this (along with the great work of Ned Seeman) is a step in the right direction.
One unfortunate comment in the Physics Web article though:
These compression tests also allowed the Anglo-Dutch team to measure the elastic properties of DNA for the first time.
As you may have read on here, Phil uses DNA as a calibration molecule because its elasticity has been studied so well.