Architecture of a lipid transport protein revealed
For the first time, the complex architecture of a protein that controls the transport of lipids between the two layers of a cell membrane has been described. With this structure, Biochemists from the University ...
Novel technique enables air-stable water droplet networks
(Phys.org) —A simple new technique to form interlocking beads of water in ambient conditions could prove valuable for applications in biological sensing, membrane research and harvesting water from fog.
Breakthrough in race to create 'bio-batteries'
(Phys.org) —Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made an important breakthrough in the quest to generate clean electricity from bacteria.
Researchers figure out why gold nanoparticles can penetrate cell walls
Cells are very good at protecting their precious contents—and as a result, it's very difficult to penetrate their membrane walls to deliver drugs, nutrients or biosensors without damaging or destroying the cell. One effective ...
3-D printer builds synthetic tissues
A custom-built programmable 3D printer can create materials with several of the properties of living tissues, Oxford University scientists have demonstrated.
Study demonstrates that quantum holograms could be a candidate for becoming quantum information memory
Biological membranes are mainly composed of lipid bilayers. Gaining a better understanding of adsorption of solution ions onto lipid membranes helps clarify functional processes in biological cells. Now, a new study provides ...
Artificial ion channels created using DNA origami
'Endless possibilities' for bio-nanotechnology
Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio-nanotechnology, a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science, technology and medicine.
Emergent behavior lets bubbles 'sense' environment
Tiny, soapy bubbles can reorganize their membranes to let material flow in and out in response to the surrounding environment, according to new work carried out in an international collaboration by biomedical ...
Conversion from bad fat to good fat
Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland have shown for the first time that brown and white fat cells in a living organism can be converted from one cell type to the other. Their work, using mice as a model organism, provides ...
Nanopore opens new cellular doorway for drug transport
A living cell is built with barriers to keep things out – and researchers are constantly trying to find ways to smuggle molecules in. Professor Giovanni Maglia (Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural ...
Membranes contain beautiful patterns—but their function is a mystery
Biological cells are surrounded by a membrane, and here some of the most important processes for sustaining life take place. There can also be something very beautiful happening in membranes, researchers ...
Brandeis physicists unlock secrets of the 2-D world and edge closer to artificial cells
Physicist Zvonimir Dogic and his lab are on a roll. Last week, Dogic's research was featured in two of science's most respected journals, Science and Nature.
Neanderthal variants in genes involved in lipid catabolism
Contemporary Europeans have as many as three times more Neanderthal variants in genes involved in lipid catabolism than Asians and Africans.