Monthly Archives: November 2011

Viral Lego?

BERKELEY — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have turned a benign virus into an engineering tool for assembling structures that mimic collagen, one of the most important structural proteins in nature. The process they developed could eventually be used to manufacture materials with tunable optical, biomedical and mechanical properties.

Viruses attach to the thin sheet of glass as it is pulled out of the solution. This new process creates materials that mimic collagen, one of the most fundamental structural proteins in nature. (Video by Woo-Jae Chung, UC Berkeley)

The researchers, led by Seung-Wuk Lee, UC Berkeley associate professor of bioengineering and faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), describe their “self-templating material assembly” process in the Oct. 20 issue of the journal Nature.  Rest