“It is difficult to know oneself, but it isn’t easy to paint oneself either,” Vincent Van Gogh said in 1889. What if what makes up our ‘selves’ — our DNA — becomes the medium?
Caltech scientists recreated a swirling Starry Night out of “DNA origami” that’s merely the width of a dime. By folding the DNA molecules to create this complex scene, the scientists prove that this technology could be scaled up for constructing DNA-based devices on computer chips. Caltech and IBM began a partnership in 2009 to study and develop DNA computing.