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Science  03 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5569, pp. 859-861
DOI: 10.1126/science.1071399

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Constructing the next generation of optical, electronic, and magnetic materials requires creating organized, defect-free structures on a nanoscale. In his perspective, Ober discusses new work ( Belcher et al.) that merges biomolecular engineering with materials science to create a nanocomposite of bacteriophage and ZnS nanoparticles. The nanoparticles occupy narrow layers periodically spaced by long viral rods.