Where science and art meet

Nanotechnology is never more public than when its protagonists create artworks on this scale of matter. Now, Caltech's Lulu Qian has used the DNA Origami technique developed by Paul Rothemund to create a fractal artwork that resembles the world-renowned painting by Leonardo da Vinci, The Mona Lisa. The inexpensive approach uses the self-assembly properties of DNA to self-assemble large arrays with entirely customizable patterns, the nano-canvas can be used to reproduced any image, the team has simply turned to Leonardo for inspiration in their proof of principle.