Researchers in the field of nanotechnology use DNA, a nanoscale structure present in the cells of every living thing, to make tiny shapes and patterns.
DNA is in the cells of every living thing.
DNA helps cells to grow and do their jobs.
DNA is a nanoscale material: it’s only 2 nanometers across.
Nano is very, very small.
Nanoscientists learn about and make things that are too small to see.
Researchers are studying DNA in order to understand its biological function. They are applying that knowledge in fields such as medicine.
Researchers in the field of nanotechnology are also exploring how DNA can be used as a raw material to create new materials and technologies.
Nanoscale effects occur in many places. Some are natural, everyday occurrences; others are the result of cutting-edge research.
Nanotechnology means working at small size scales, manipulating materials to exhibit new properties.
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