DNA Nanoscience: From Prebiotic Origins to Emerging Nanotechnology

Kenneth Douglas

© 2017 - CRC Press
Published August 15, 2016
Reference - 424 Pages - 207 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9781498750127 - CAT# K27181

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  • Fuses two interrelated stories of DNA science: where it’s going (nanotechnology) and where it came from (its prebiotic origins).
  • Presents the newly discovered phenomenon of liquid crystal autocatalysis as the solution to the origin of polymeric nucleic acids (first book to do so).
  • Explains how the possibilities for the future of DNA nanotechnology are intimately connected with its coded self-assembly, which has been shown to emerge from the templated organization and catalysis of nucleic acid fragments (nanoDNA) directed by liquid crystal ordering.
  • Includes liquid crystal work under the umbrella of DNA nanoscience, thereby reaching out to those working in this field.
  • Provides a combination of accessible explanation, in-depth discussion of key science, and worked problems, making it suitable for potential use as a textbook in advanced undergraduate or graduate course work.


DNA Nanoscience: From Prebiotic Origins to Emerging Nanotechnology melds two tales of DNA. One is a look at the first 35 years of DNA nanotechnology to better appreciate what lies ahead in this emerging field. The other story looks back 4 billion years to the possible origins of DNA which are shrouded in mystery. The book is divided into three parts comprised of 15 chapters and two Brief Interludes.

Part I includes subjects underpinning the book such as a primer on DNA, the broader discipline of nanoscience, and experimental tools used by the principals in the narrative. Part II examines the field of structural DNA nanotechnology, founded by biochemist/crystallographer Nadrian Seeman, that uses DNA as a construction material for nanoscale structures and devices, rather than as a genetic material. Part III looks at the work of physicists Noel Clark and Tommaso Bellini who found that short DNA (nanoDNA) forms liquid crystals that act as a structural gatekeeper, orchestrating a series of self-assembly processes using nanoDNA. This led to an explanation of the polymeric structure of DNA and of how life may have emerged from the prebiotic clutter.


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