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<p>The great scope of our research is to make a DNA origami structure that has functionalities similar to that of enzymes... however, that is far too much for students to do in one summer. Therefore, we chose to narrow down to making a structure which can bind to certain molecules and capture it, just like enzymes makes specific bondings to make ES complex.</p>
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The University of Tokyo

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fig1. Schematic animation of DNA Shell

Methodologies to apply DNA for building precisely controlled nanostructures have greatly developed over the recent years. Our focus for BIOMOD is to utilize DNA to make a shell like structure which can capture molecules inside the shell-like body, as if a shellfish is eating its prey. Entrapment of the substrate was detected by the numerous florescent molecules that are attached to the body. This research may become a foundation for using DNA to mimic catalytic activity of enzymes.

fig2. Schematic of Medical DNA Shell system

Medical functions such as detection of diseases with small amount of blood are possible by using microfluidics. For example, detecting and sensing the concentration of Thrombin which causes blood coagulation is possible by using Shell and microfluidics developed by our team. In the future, we will develop medical DNA Shell system for monitoring components of blood, detecting diseases, inputting medicine by DNA Shell, computing system integrated in microfluidics.


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