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Keywords:

  • DNA;
  • genetic code;
  • gold;
  • nanoparticles;
  • nanoparticle synthesis
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DNA is in control: Different combinations of DNA nucleotides can control the shape and surface roughness of gold nanoparticles during their synthesis. These nanoparticles were synthesized in the presence of either homogenous oligonucleotides or mixed-base oligonucleotides using gold nanoprisms as seeds. The effect of the individual DNA bases and their combinations on shape control are shown in the figure.