The Munich DNA Node
What is it about?
Munich is one of the German hotspots for research in DNA nanotechnology and DNA-based molecular programming (see below). In order to foster fast local exchange of knowledge and experimental expertise between the participating groups in this area, the “DNA Node Munich” was established in 2009.
On a monthly basis, DNA node members meet for evening seminars alternating between the two locations TU Munich and LMU Munich. During these meetings, students of the participating groups and invited speakers present their most recent findings and discuss work in progress.
What is DNA nanotechnology?
Nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) encode information in all life forms on earth. They are molecules, and they are “code” – they are molecular code. While biology uses this code to store information and direct the growth and maintenance of living organisms, researchers in DNA nanotechnology utilize it to program the construction of artificial molecular structures, devices and systems.
As other researchers worldwide, members of the DNA node work on the utilization of DNA-based nanosystems in such diverse fields as structural biology, single molecule biophysics, synthetic biology, nanorobotics, nanomaterials, and nanomedicine.