Student-made DNA structure passes into LEGO Ideas review

A scientifically-accurate DNA model is the latest entrant into a huge LEGO Ideas review, with the student designer’s dream now one step closer to reality. 

Daniel Khosravinia, known as LEGO DNA on the platform, used his university knowledge to create the project, which proposes a massively upscaled version of a DNA strand as well as historical dioramas and minifigures. 

The four science lab facades depict key stages in the discovery and evolution of our understanding regarding DNA with minifigures of Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and Francis Crick all proposed to be included. 

The main build of the model is of full turn for a DNA strand with sugar-phosphate backbone on the outside and hydrogen bonds in-between. It’s not the first science-based submission to the platform, with 21312 Women in NASA previously becoming a real LEGO set.


This is the 53rd project in easily the biggest LEGO Ideas review to date, and it’s only the first round of 2021. We’ll have to see just how much more the list grows before submissions are closed. Here’s every project in the LEGO Ideas review so far:

LEGO DNA Double Helix Discovery
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Chitty Flies Again!
Modular Expansion Pack
Medieval Marketplace
Winter Snow Globes
The Lisbon Tram
The Princess Bride: The Guilder Frontier
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Retro Arcade
Modular Portal Testing Chamber
Working Bowling Alley
LEGO Viking Longship
The Village Post Office
The Office
Succulent Garden
Ancient Greek Temple
SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy (BFR)
Steampunk Airship
VIA Rail Canada – The Canadian
Marine Life
A Map of Middle-earth
My LEGO Totoro
Jazz Quartet
The Trulli of Alberobello
The Polar Express
Train Bookends

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The King’s Castle
The Sewing Workshop
Forth Bridge
A Nice Day at the Farm
The Castle of Brickwood Forest
Baba Yaga
Claus Toys
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paradise
NASA’s SLS & Artemis
LEGO bookends
Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship
Hyrule Castle (The Legend of Zelda)
The Karate Kid “Wax On, Wax Off”
Scania Next Generation S730 
4½-Litre 1927-31 Bentley ‘Blower’ 
Asterix and Obelix 
The Simpsons – The Krusty Burger
The House of Chocolate
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights
Among Us: The Skeld Detailed Map
The Office
The Shire

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One thought on “Student-made DNA structure passes into LEGO Ideas review

  • 12/10/2021 at 16:50

    The Double Helix is wrong: there is no mutual twisting of the two strands — they run in parallel. I proposed a different model, it is described in the article:   
    Rosalind Franklin was pretty much right. As Aaron Klug wrote,
    Her notebooks for the winter of 1952—53 show her considering a variety of structures including sheets, rods made of two chains running in opposite directions with interdigitated bases and also a pseudo-helical structure with non-equivalent phosphate groups which looked like a figure of eight in projection. 


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