This work was supported by the Army Research Office Institute of Collaborative Biotechnologies, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.
Weaving Genetically Engineered Functionality into Mechanically Robust Virus Fibers†
Article first published online: 19 FEB 2007
Copyright © 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 19, Issue 6, pages 826–832, March, 2007
How to Cite
Chiang, C.-Y., Mello, C. M., Gu, J., Silva, E. C. C. M., Van Vliet, K. J. and Belcher, A. M. (2007), Weaving Genetically Engineered Functionality into Mechanically Robust Virus Fibers. Adv. Mater., 19: 826–832. doi: 10.1002/adma.200602262
- Issue published online: 9 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 19 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 1 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Received: 4 OCT 2006
- Army Research Office Institute of Collaborative Biotechnologies
- David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- Nanoparticles, metal;
- Synthetic biology
Functionality-tunable fibers fabricated from the M13 virus are found to have mechanical toughness and strength comparable to synthetic homopolymer fibers. The desired functionality can be programmed by manipulating the virus genome (see figure and cover). The tunable functionalities and mechanical properties of the virus fibers show the promise of various applications.