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Man-made Pores Mimic Important Features of Natural Pores


July 17, 2012

microscopy images of artificial ion channels Inspired by nature, an international research team has created synthetic pores that mimic the activity of cellular ion channels, which play a vital role in human health by severely restricting the types of materials allowed to enter cells. Full Story

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