DNA Origami poised to be as simple as 3D printing

DNAOrigami2For most, “origami” conjures associations the Japanese art of folding paper; elusive swans and delicate animals, which require patience and attention to properly master.

However, for a growing group of scientists who specialize in bionanotechnology, “DNA origami” is the niche ability to be able to fold genetic code, creating nanoscopic materials with exciting new properties.

The method effectively works by manipulating the four bases and their pairings. A blueprint is created from two components; one longer DNA strand that houses around 7,000 bases, called the “scaffold”, and a series of shorter strands that are around 30-50 bases long.

If the designer has the technical competency, the structure doesn’t have to be limited to the standard double helix; geometric structures can be achieved by changing the base arrangement or substituting other molecules.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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