Building a ladder with golden rungs sounds like a pricey project, right? That’s probably why we restrict these construction projects to the nanoscale.
This ribbon-shaped molecular structure is actually composed of nanoscale gold rods linked together by strands of synthetic DNA. The coolest part? This thing built itself. Brookhaven researchers discovered an entirely new nano-mechanism in which the DNA actually directs the construction, acting as a kind of intelligent glue.
The research could lead to new nanomaterials, custom-designed and self-assembled to scientists’ specifications. You know, if gold ribbons strung together with DNA isn’t enough for you.