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Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
The information in our genes, and those of all organisms, is encoded in polymers (DNA). This information is used to create other polymers: proteins. Many of these spontaneously fold and come together to form molecular machines, enzymes, and scaffolds. Attempts to understand and use this encoding can help us understand nature’s molecules, how to make complex natural systems easier to study, and how to create new tools, devices and materials using nature’s molecules. The design and sculpting of biopolymers and biomaterials will be discussed.