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Microscopy shows malfunctioning receptor in cancer cells

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Ashley N. Rice, [email protected]

A new microscopy method uses photon counting to study malfunctions in specific cancer cell proteins, which could lead to targeted treatments. The technique is a significant improvement over studying cancer cell cultures with a traditional microscope, which cannot resolve objects as small as the protein clusters, according to researchers. Using the new technique, University of Akron assistant professor of chemistry Dr. Adam Smith measured the sizes of clusters of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and observed how the clusters malfunction in cancer cells. EGFR is a protein...Read full article

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