Imaging DNA Origami at TED Talks 2011

The LVEM5 benchtop electron microscope was recently on loan to Autodesk and on display in their Gallery at this years TED Talks in Long Beach California. The LVEM5 is the only TEM small enough to be placed in almost any location, such as the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. It is also the only TEM capable of imaging soft materials, such as DNA without the use of heavy metal stains, adding to the simplicity of imaging, and the beauty of materials in their natural state.

DNA Origami Imaging
Where will design take us next?

The LVEM5 was used in a live demo showing off the work of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. Researchers there are at the forefront of work in DNA Origami, a technique for folding pieces of DNA into shapes that may one day prove useful in manufacturing and medicine. The hope is that these incredibly tiny forms could carry cancer drugs deep inside the body or work as cogs in a molecular machine.

DNA Triangles
DNA Triangles, Imaged with out Stains in TEM Mode,
150,000x Magnification

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

For more information:

TED Autodesk Gallery (click here)

DNA Origami – Wyss Institute (click here)

Ted Talks (click here)

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