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Archive for May, 2008

Naturally Fibrous Mimic

Posted by David Bradley on May 20th, 2008

One of the important components of the extracellular matrix is collagen, which comprises the major structural protein component of higher organisms. However, it remains a major challenge to emulate the unique structural and biological properties of native collagenous biomaterials in synthetic analogues. Consequently, numerous opportunities exist for synthetic collagens in biomedical applications as extracellular matrix analogues, if the appropriate materials could be constructed that retain and expand upon the desirable properties of native collagen fibrils.

Read more about the naturally fibrous mimic here.

Interstellar Molecular Thermometer

Posted by David Bradley on May 13th, 2008

Carbon monoxideAstronomers have detected for the first time in the ultraviolet region the spectroscopic signature of the carbon monoxide molecule in a galaxy located almost 11 billion light-years away. This molecule has eluded astronomers for a quarter of a century.

The full write-up on the interstellar molecular thermometer can be found here.