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Researchers from Vienna University of Technology Report on Findings in Science and Technology

March 7, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Researchers detail new data in Science. According to news reporting out of Vienna, Austria, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The plasma membrane is still one of the enigmatic cellular structures. Although the microscopic structure is getting clearer, not much is known about the organization at the nanometre level."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Vienna University of Technology, "Experimental difficulties have precluded unambiguous approaches, making the current picture rather fuzzy. In consequence, a variety of different membrane models has been proposed over the years, on the basis of different experimental strategies. Recent data obtained via high-resolution single-molecule microscopy shed new light on the existing hypotheses. We thus think it is a good time for reviewing the consistency of the existing models with the new data. In this paper, we summarize the available models in ten propositions, each of which is discussed critically with respect to the applied technologies and the strengths and weaknesses of the approaches. Our aim is to provide the reader with a sound basis for his own assessment."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We close this chapter by exposing our picture of the membrane organization at the nanoscale."

For more information on this research see: A critical survey of methods to detect plasma membrane rafts. Philosophical Transactions, 2013;368(1611):20120033 (see also Science).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E. Klotzsch, Institute of Applied Physics, Vienna University of Technology, Wiedner Hauptstraße 8-10, Vienna 1040, Austria.

Keywords for this news article include: Vienna, Europe, Austria, Science.

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Source: Science Letter

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