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|Steps for building DNA nanotube connections between molecular landmarks.
Credit: Nature Nanotechnology, 2016, Abdul M. Mohammed et alia
“A feat like that was hard to do on a human scale,” Schulman said. “Could we ask molecules to do the same thing? Could we get molecules to build a ‘bridge’ between other molecules or landmarks on existing structures?”
The paper’s lead author, Abdul Mohammed, a postdoctoral fellow in Schulman’s lab, used another analogy to describe the molecular bridge-building feat they demonstrated at the nanoscale level. “If this process were to happen at the human scale,” Mohammed said, “it would be like one person casting a fishing line from one side of a football field and trying to hook a person standing on the other side.”