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New Windows Opened on Cell-to-cell Interactions

July 22, 2009

Raghuveer Parthasarathy Applying biological molecules from cell membranes to the surfaces of artificial materials is opening peepholes on the very basics of cell-to-cell interaction. Two recently published papers suggest that putting lipids and other cell membrane components on manufactured surfaces could lead to new classes of self-assembling materials for use in precision optics, nanotechnology, electronics and pharmaceuticals. Full Story

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