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Method helps nanoscale engineers choose self-assembling proteins

Engineering structures on the smallest possible scales -- using molecules and individual atoms as building blocks -- is both physically and conceptually challenging. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a method of computationally selecting the best of these blocks, drawing inspiration from the similar behavior of proteins in making biological structures. The researchers’ designed structure (left) was inspired by natural viruses, such as the tobacco mosaic virus (right).

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