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Scientists are looking to nature for inspiration, and harnessing biological machinery for use in science and technology. Cells have evolved effective methods for performing a bewildering variety of nanoscale tasks. Many of these molecular machines may be used directly, by simply purifying the molecule and using it in the laboratory. Careful study of these molecular machines is also revealing the underlying nanoscale principles of their action, allowing researchers to create new molecular machines with novel functions. Click on any of the sub-categories below to explore further.

Recombinant DNA Technology

The cell's genetic machinery may be harnessed to build custom proteins.

Industrial Applications

Some biomolecules are robust enough to be used in industrial applications.

Building on Nature

Researchers are using biomolecules as the starting point for design of nanotechnology.

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