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Nature's Other Self-Assemblers

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Science  12 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6142, pp. 136-137
DOI: 10.1126/science.1241562

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There is a continuing quest to precisely fabricate soft matter for emerging opportunities in the medical and life sciences. Often this quest looks to nature as a source of materials or inspiration, and often the journey leads to polypeptides, nucleic acids, or their mimics. On page 154 of this issue, Ejima et al. (1) look elsewhere to find another self-assembling biological material—a search based on phenolics.