Volume 91 Issue 17 | pp. 29-30
Issue Date: April 29, 2013

Cell Membrane Mystery

ACS Meeting News: Lipids may not be arranged the way scientists thought, imaging mass spec data suggest
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE, JACS In C&EN
Keywords: lipids, nanoSIMS, membranes, lipid rafts

Though they’re the most obvious part of cells, cell membranes have been a frustrating puzzle for scientists. Despite years of gathering information on the lipid and protein composition of membranes, biologists and chemists still haven’t fully established how the components are organized. That’s partly because the membranes are fluid, so the structure is constantly changing in subtle ways. One thing scientists agree on is that some level of localized organization must be taking place.

Biologists . . .

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