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Manual for a Molecular Nose

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MAINZ, Germany, Feb. 13, 2007 -- An artificial nose could be a real benefit at times: This kind of biosensor could sniff out poisons, explosives or drugs, for instance. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry recently revealed a technique for integrating membrane proteins into artificial structures. Membrane proteins have several important functions in the cell, one of which is to act as receptors, passing on signals from molecules in the air -- for example, to the cell interior. They are thus ideal biosensors, but until now were difficult to access in...Read full article

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