Imparting the unique properties of DNA into complex material architectures and functions

While the remarkable chemical and biological properties of DNA have been known for decades, these properties have only been imparted into materials with unprecedented function much more recently. The inimitable ability of DNA to form programmable, complex assemblies through stable,…

While the remarkable chemical and biological properties of DNA have been known for decades, these properties have only been imparted into materials with unprecedented function much more recently. The inimitable ability of DNA to form programmable, complex assemblies through stable, specific, and reversible molecular recognition has allowed the creation of new materials through DNA’s ability to control a material’s architecture and properties.  In this review we discuss recent progress in howDNAhas brought unmatched function to materials, focusing  specifically on new advances in delivery agents, devices, and sensors.Click here to read the Full TextMaterials Today (2013) 16(7-8), 290-296. doi: 10.1016/j.mattod.2013.07.001