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Jagged Graphene Edges Can Slice Into Cell Membranes
July 10, 2013
Researchers at Brown University have shown how tiny graphene sheets can be big trouble for cells. Sharp corners and jagged edges on the sheets puncture cell membranes, allowing the sheet to enter the cell and disrupt function. The new understanding of how graphene interacts with cells could lead to safer production of this important nanomaterial.
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