MAR 21, 2016 3:06 PM PDT

Celebrating Ten Years of DNA Origami

WRITTEN BY: Kara Marker

Just like paper, DNA can be folded to make different shapes, a technique that was first utilized in 2006. This year, the field of genetics celebrates ten years of "DNA origami," and the applications for intricate DNA folding grow every day.

According to the original 2006 study on DNA folding, the goal is to apply the technique to creating "tiny nanoscale machines" for various uses after being inserted into the human body. Ten years later, DNA origami techniques are used by many scientists for a variety of purposes.
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