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New Look at Cell Membrane Reveals Surprising Organization


January 28, 2013

molecules called sphingolipds A look directly at the cell membrane is changing our understanding of its organization. Using a completely new approach to imaging cell membranes, a study by researchers at the University of Illinois, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the National Institutes of Health revealed surprising relationships among membrane molecules. Sphingolipids are thought to form small microdomains in the membrane, but the new technique showed that they cluster together to form much larger patches. Full Story

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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