How do you succeed as a scientist? Do you have to be really smart? Well… I would not say it is as much about intelligence as about the ability to keep banging your head against a problem until you happen upon a solution. But it is true, this job does involve a lot of thinking (or at least trying to think), and it is not always easy to stay focused.
In this post for our Online Science Exhibition, PhD student Joakim Bohlin from The Turberfield lab at Oxford University exhibits the process of Developing Rollerskates for DNA Nanorobots.
Analysing coarse-grained simulations of DNA and RNA nanostructures is now much easier. With the new oxView tool published by the Šulc lab, oxDNA simulations are now more accessible to experimental groups, allowing for iterative design and evaluation of structures.
The article has been published in the journal Nucleic Acid Research. Follow this link to read the full article or read Joakim’s post below for a shorter version.
Things on the nanoscale are, by definition, quite small. This poses a problem in the sense that it can be tricky to get a good look at them. Microscopes can only get you so far; although microscopy techniques are constantly improving it is still much easier (and significantly cheaper) to simulate your design at whatever level of detail you require, especially if you want to see things moving around.
Hi there! My name is Joakim and since this is my first post on this blog I’ll give you an introduction to who I am and how I got here.