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A tango with tangled polymers

While statisticians are driven by real-world problems, U of S mathematics professor Chris Soteros is motivated by the more esoteric behaviour of long-chain molecules, such as polymers and DNA, and the mathematical problems ...

dateJun 14, 2018 in Polymers
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The cartography of the nucleus

Nestled deep in each of your cells is what seems like a magic trick: Six feet of DNA is packaged into a tiny space 50 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Like a long, thin string of genetic spaghetti, this DNA blueprint ...

dateJun 08, 2018 in Cell & Microbiology
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Biomimetic chemistry—DNA mimic outwits viral enzyme

Not only can synthetic molecules mimic the structures of their biological models, they can also take on their functions and may even successfully compete with them, as an artificial DNA sequence designed by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet ...

dateApr 02, 2018 in Biochemistry
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Using gold particles to make the invisible visible

Gold nanoparticles give us a better understanding of enzymes and other molecules. Biswajit Pradhan, Ph.D. candidate at the Leiden Institute of Physics, uses gold nanorods to study individual molecules that would be challenging ...

dateMar 27, 2018 in Biochemistry
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