Scientists tout method of building nano-based pipelines into cells

12/22/2011 | Chemical & Engineering News

Researchers at Stanford University are developing nano-based alumina tubes, or nanostraws, that can serve as a pipeline into cells to carry molecular cargo. To create these synthetic straws, the researchers are coating polycarbonate membranes with alumina using a method that provides uniformed layer thickness into the material. A possible significant application of this technology lies in the delivery of proteins to control the activation of genes, one expert said.

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