Molecular shape-shifting : New theory of autonomous remodeling of structures
Building blocks can change shape and self-organize into a different configuration. Saeed Osat and Ramin Goléstanian, physicists at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization(MPI-DS), revealed a mechanism that can be used to manipulate molecular structure. Reorganization can be triggered by a seed of the desired novel configuration.
The principle can also be applied to the biological building blocks that are continually recycled in order to create new structures within living systems.
Most people are familiar with the concept of remodeling. Anyone who has ever played with Lego Bricks knows that there are many different combinations and structures you can create from the same component.