Self-assembled DNA Buckyballs For Drug Delivery

A scanning electron microscope photo
of a self-assembled DNA buckyball

Cornell University researchers have made DNA buckyballs — tiny geodesic spheres that could be used for drug delivery into cells and as containers for chemical reactions.

These buckyballs are made out of a specially prepared, branched DNA-polystyrene hybrid. The hybrid molecules spontaneously self-assemble into hollow balls about 400 nanometers (nm) in diameter.

Now this is the type of nanotechnology that interests me! I’m thinking of all kinds of possible applications…..