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‘Cloning’ could make structurally pure nanotubes for nanoelectronics

By Eileen De Guire / November 16, 2012

In this computer model, small, pre-selected nanotube “seeds” (yellow) are grown to long nanotubes of the same twist or “chirality” in a high-temperature gas of small carbon compounds. Credit: Courtesy USC via NIST. Editor’s note: ‘Nature’ has a lot of experience with reproduction, but introduces variation, albeit intentionally. Reproduction by cloning eliminates variation, and materials…

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