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Biocapture Surfaces Produced for Study of Brain Chemistry
December 13, 2007
A novel method has been developed for attaching small molecules such as neurotransmitters to surfaces, which are then used to capture large biomolecules. Researchers can make the technique applicable to a wide range of "bait" molecules including drugs, chemical warfare agents, and environmental pollutants. Ultimately, the researchers also hope to identify synthetic biomolecules that recognize neurotransmitters.
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