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March 22, 2012 – Comments (0)

This is really far out.

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Graphene: Potential for Modelling Cell Membrane Systems
ScienceDaily (Mar. 21, 2012)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120321152558.htm

At Toyohashi University of Technology the intriguing properties of graphene -- a single atomic-layer of carbon -- such as high electron mobility and fluorescence quenching are being exploited for biosensing and analysis of nucleotides, peptides, and proteins.

Graphene could also play an important role in the modelling of cell membranes. For example, the lipid bilayer is the fundamental structure of cell membranes, and the structure and dynamic of bilayer membranes govern the transport of materials and information in and out of cells.

Ryugo Tero and his colleagues in the Graphene Research Group at Toyohashi University of Technology have established a new procedure to fabricate artificial planar lipid membranes on graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (r-GO) as a means of detecting biomolecules such as lipids and proteins on and inside lipid bilayers.

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