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Researchers Perform Fastest Measurements Ever Made of Ion Channel Proteins

May 20, 2013

photograph of integrated amplifiers A team of researchers at Columbia University Engineering has used miniaturized electronics to measure the activity of individual ion-channel proteins with temporal resolution as fine as 1 microsecond, producing the fastest recordings of single ion channels ever performed. The researchers designed a custom integrated circuit to perform these measurements, in which an artificial cell membrane and ion channel are attached directly to the surface of the amplifier chip. Full Story

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