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June 10th, 2008

ASU researcher working to strengthen DNA

Abstract:
DNA has been nicknamed the building block of life. If so, one ASU professor is aiming to build with upgraded bricks and mortar.

ASU researcher and associate professor John Chaput is working on what many organic chemists and nanotechnologists consider an improvement to the original 'twisting ladder' that is DNA's double helix.

Chaput's research has the potential to make medical and technological advances by creating a new type of building block called GNA.

Glycerol nucleic acid, GNA, is similar to DNA, except the sides of the ladder are composed of glycerol as opposed to DNA's phosphate sugar composition.

A synthetic creation, GNA is stronger and more stable than DNA, Chaput said.

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