How about making your own DNA origami?

Origami is the art of paper folding that has been practiced in Japan since Edo period (1603-1868), and then successfully introduced in the western culture. The goal of this art is to transform a dull piece of paper into sophisticated 3D sculptures by the sequence of folding and sculpting. Likewise Japanese origami, DNA origami is also a way of 3D-structures folding – folding in the nanoscale. In this technique instead of sheet of paper one uses hundreds of short DNA strands to fold a long circular DNA molecule (scaffold) into 3D DNA-based structures. In this post, I will try to convince you that DNA origami technique is nothing to be scared about. Frankly speaking, once you gain some basic knowledge and skills, it might be even easier to fold your fancy sculpture with DNA than using paper (at least if you have enough money and lab-facility to work with 🙂 ).

NOMADIC SCIENTISTS: What do you mean by home?

Something all of us the ESRs have in common, mainly because it was a requirement to take part in this network, is that we all left our home countries to start a new and rather long 3-year period abroad, either in a similar or completely different country. That is indeed a challenge we must take, especially at the beginning, and that sometimes it can even go unnoticed. We as humans need this feeling of home; a safe place where to find comfort and feel that we belong.