Image of the Month: Close and personal with bacteriophage P22
imaging / Nanotechnology

Image of the Month: Close and personal with bacteriophage P22

For nearly 30 years the laboratory of Dr. Wah Chiu, Distinguished Service Professor and Alvin Romansky Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor has been applying electron cryomicroscopy and computer reconstruction techniques to determine the 3-D structures of biological nanomachines, such as the P22 virus. This virus, a bacteriophage that infects Salmonella, has been … Continue reading

Image of the Month: C60 fullerene ‘bucky balls’ help deliver pharmacologic agents to cancer cells
Cancer / drugs / Nanotechnology

Image of the Month: C60 fullerene ‘bucky balls’ help deliver pharmacologic agents to cancer cells

Drs. Steven Curley and Stuart Corr in the Electromagnetic Field and Nanomaterials Research Laboratory at Baylor are linking nanoparticles, such as the C60 fullerene bucky ball shown in this image (light purple), to pharmacologic agents (green).  When exposed to low levels of radio frequency fields, drug-loaded bucky balls enhance the delivery and retention of chemotherapeutics … Continue reading

DNA origami: designing structures with potential new uses in nanotechnology
algorithm / imaging / Nanotechnology

DNA origami: designing structures with potential new uses in nanotechnology

Scientists are using DNA to build nano-scaled devices – DNA origami – that could be used to improve our understanding of basic biological mechanisms as well as to design novel strategies to prevent or treat disease.   DNA is well known as the carrier of the genetic information in living organisms. The DNA double helix is flexible. … Continue reading