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April 13th, 2007

Discovery could be key advance for nanotechnology

Abstract:
Biochemists at Oregon State University have discovered that a little-known type of chemical bond called a "halogen bond" can be used to control and manipulate the three dimensional shape of DNA, opening the door to new types of engineering at the atomic level.

The findings, just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a professional journal, may be a significant step forward for the emerging science of nanotechnology.

The study found that halogen bonds, which ordinarily are not part of biological molecules, can be incorporated into them in ways not found in nature, in the process providing ways to control the shape and ultimately the function of the molecules.

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