We apply scanning fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to study the structure of individual DNA coils in dilute and semidilute solutions. In dilute solutions, over two decades in length, from 0.6 to 46 μm, DNA behave as ideal chains, in agreement with theoretical predictions and in disagreement with prior experiments. In semidilute solutions, up to very high densities, the structures of individual DNA coils are independent of concentration, unlike flexible coils that shrink with increasing density. Our experimental findings are consistent with the marginal solution theory of semiflexible polymers.
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- Physics and Astronomy (all)