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July 21, 2023

Polymers that repel each other can parse into phase-separated droplets

This artist's rendering depicts researchers' discovery of how mixtures of polymers that repel each other can parse into phase-separated droplets, like oils in a lava lamp. Interaction between droplets and the cell wall limits the size of the droplets and causes bubbling of the outside of the membrane.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant DMR 1810540.]

Learn more in the UC Davis blog story 'Lava lamp' vesicles show how cells could self-organize. (Date of image: Unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: July 21, 2023)

Credit: Rendering by Wan-Chih Su, UC Davis

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