Genes on the rack

Nanoclamp made of DNA strands. Illustration: Christoph Hohmann
Nanoclamp made of DNA strands. Illustration: Christoph Hohmann

Physicists at LMU have developed a novel nanotool that provides a facile means of characterizing the mechanical properties of biomolecules.

Faced with the thousands of proteins and genes found in virtually every cell in the body, biologists want to know how they all work exactly: How do they interact to carry out their specific functions and how do they respond and adapt to perturbations? One of the crucial factors in all of these processes is the question of how biomolecules react to the minuscule forces that operate at the molecular level. ...

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