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Nanovault controls enzymes

Researchers from Aarhus University have now succeeded in building a nanovault of DNA strings that can control enzymes. The nanovault functions as a safe in which an enzyme can be stored away and where only a specific set of keys can shut down the enzyme again. 

Why do physicists blur their images before showing them to biologists?

How can cartoon images aid in understanding bacterial biological processes? How did Hollywood contribute to quantum physics? How do aesthetics, art, and design influence scientific visualization and vice versa? These are just some of the questions that a new book raises. Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, Ebbe Sloth Andersen and Ditte Høyer Engholm from MBG are all coauthors of the book.

Scientists fold RNA origami from a single strand

RNA origami is a new method for organizing molecules on the nanoscale. Using just a single strand of RNA, many complicated shapes can be fabricated by this technique. Unlike existing methods for folding DNA molecules, RNA origamis are produced by enzymes and they simultaneously fold into pre-designed shapes. These features may allow designer RNA structures to be grown within living cells and used to organize cellular enzymes into biochemical factories. The method, which was developed by researchers from Aarhus University (Denmark) and California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, USA), is reported in the latest issue of Science .

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EUR 2 million grant to RNA origami research

Assistant professor Ebbe Sloth Andersen from MBG and iNANO has received EUR 2 million from the European Research Council (ERC). This grant will help him bring biological nanostructure research into a new phase in the field of synthetic biology – a field which may ultimately have enormous significance for the medicine, energy, food and agriculture of the future.

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Ebbe Sloth Andersen awarded a Sapere Aude grant from The Danish Council for Independent Research

Project: DNA origami multiplex biosensor for small molecule detection.

The Sapere Aude research career programme finances research projects of the "highest quality". The programme's main purpose is to pave a clear career path for elite scientists from research growth layers and give them a springboard to seek funds from international councils and foundations.

Students win the hearts of the audience

A team of Aarhus students – Nano Creators – won the Audience Choice Award for their Bachelor’s project at Harvard University’s bio-molecular design competition. The Nano Creators combined good research with creative communication.

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iNANO students win biodesign competition at Harvard University

Five Bachelor’s degree students from the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO), Aarhus University, won the BIOMOD Grand Prize in the international BIOMOD Design Competition at Harvard University with their design of a new type of nanomedicine.

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Aarhus nanoscale detectives on the podium in Harvard competition

A team of BSc students from Aarhus University won two third places in the biomolecular design (BIOMOD) competition at Harvard University.

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