Fishing for Knowledge: Physics Research Expands Understanding of Cell Biology

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 9:11am -- yountj
Associate Professor of Physics Gavin King
Professor of Physics Ioan Kosztin

Associate Professor Gavin King (top) and Professor Ioan Kosztin of the MU Department of Physics and Astronomy say their paper will provide the research community with a new and more accurate way to analyze their data when examining protein–membrane interactions.

What do you know about cells, the fundamental structural unit of plant and animal life? All living cells have membranes that protect cellular integrity while controlling the flow of information and materials into and out of cells. A major component of cell membranes is lipid molecules, which form bilayered structures, while most of the work done inside cells is performed by proteins, linear molecules built from 20 different amino acids.

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