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Keywords:

  • carbon nanotubes;
  • catalysis;
  • DNA;
  • enzymes;
  • gene transcription
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DNA bound to single-walled carbon nanotubes retains its innate functional and structural properties, and therefore, can serve as the genetic template for gene transcription by RNA polymerase catalysis in the formation of mRNA (see figure). This mRNA is also fully functional and is used as the message for in vitro protein synthesis.