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February 11th, 2008

NASA Project Opens Doors on Microscopic Level

Abstract:
The future of exploring the vastness of outer space might depend on technological advancements at the molecular level.

Researchers at Marshall University recently received a $99,659 grant through the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundations Innovative Research Initiative for their work on a project supporting NASA's technological needs

"We're working at the single molecule scale," said Michael Norton, professor of chemistry who is leading the project. We're making long pieces of DNA fold themselves into (specific patterns). We're in the 10th month of (the NASA project)."

Thus far, the research has yielded molecules with unique patterns. Once the strands of matter are folded into those patterns, they can be used to carry out specific tasks at the molecular level, he said. The space agency intends to use the research to construct components that will allow for longer and safer missions.

Source:
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