Semiconductor nanoparticles particularly quantum dots (QDs) are interesting alternatives to organic fluorophores for a range of applications such as biosensing, imaging and therapeutics. Addition of a programmable scaffold such as DNA to QDs further expands the scope and applicability of these hybrid nanomaterials in biology. In this review, the most important stages of preparation of QD–DNA conjugates for specific applications in biology are discussed. Special emphasis is laid on (i) the most successful strategies to disperse QDs in aqueous media, (ii) the range of different conjugation with detailed discussion about specific merits and demerits in each case, and (iii) typical applications of these conjugates in the context of biology.
One contribution of 12 to a theme issue ‘Multifunctional nanostructures for diagnosis and therapy of diseases’.
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