A Microscopic Glowing Van Gogh

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This glowing reproduction of "The Starry Night" contains 65,536 pixels and is the width of a dime across. Credit: Paul Rothemund and Ashwin Gopinath/Caltech

Paul Rothemund, Research Professor of Bioengineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Computation and Neural Systems, and colleagues have developed a technique that allows manmade DNA shapes to be placed wherever desired; to within a margin of error of just 20 nanometers. This technique removes a major hurdle for the large-scale integration of molecular devices on chips. As a demonstration of the technique’s capabilities the group has created one of the world's smallest reproductions of Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night. [Caltech story]

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