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Multi-helical DNA-silica fibers were synthesised by the self-assembly of DNA molecules with cationic organosilanes and silica sources. By electron microscopy images and circular dichroism spectra, three-level helical structures in the silica fibers have been revealed, i.e. the DNA double-helix, the secondary left-handed DNA packing and the tertiary right-handed twisting.


Yuanyuan Cao, Junjie Xie, Ben Liu, Lu Han, Shunai Che. Synthesis and characterization of multi-helical DNA-silica fibers. Chemical communications (Cambridge, England). 2013 Feb 4;49(11):1097-9

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