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Cell behavior, once shrouded in mystery, is revealed in new light

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Previously, in order to study cell membranes, researchers would often have to freeze samples. The proteins within these samples would not behave like they would in a normal biological environment. Now, using an atomic force microscope, researchers can observe individual proteins in an unfrozen sample — acting in a normal biological environment. This new observation tool could help scientists better predict how cells will behave when new components are introduced.

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