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Long Term Goal
Why would this help us?
Molecules that make up cell membranes have heads that mix easily with water and tails that repel it.
In water, they form a double layer with heads out and tails in, a barrier that sequesters the contents of the cell.
How do they do it?
Fully artificial life will require the union of both an information-carrying genome and a three-dimensional structure to house it.
The real value of this discovery might reside in its simplicity. From commercially available precursors, the scientists needed just one preparatory step to create each starting lipid chain.
"It’s trivial and can be done in a day," Devaraj said. "New people who join the lab can make membranes from day one."
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering supported this work. UC San Diego has filed a patent application on this discovery.
Graphene Oxide ( The Discovery)
Graphene Oxide’s Amazing Properties
Dr Rahul Nair, who was leading the experimental work, offers the following explanation
The Manchester researchers report this experiment in their Science paper, too, but they say they do not envisage use of graphene in distilleries, nor offer any immediate ideas for applications.
"Early this morning (0359 GMT Jan. 23, which corresponds to late Sunday, Jan. 22 at 10:59 p.m. EST), NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught an extreme ultraviolet flash from a huge eruption on the sun , according to the skywatching website Spaceweather.com."