In Vitro Transcription and Protein Translation from Carbon Nanotube–DNA Assemblies


  • The authors acknowledge financial support from the NSF-NSEC (DMR-0117792), the NIH (GM47372), and a Rensselaer Seed Grant (No. 151140). The authors also acknowledge Mary Kate DiTursi and Matthew Newman for assistance with the TNT assay.


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.

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