Author: Lauren Gandy
Lauren is a 3rd year PhD student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying the mechanistic and structural interactions of herpes virus and tau proteins in Alzheimer's disease. She obtained her BS in Forensic Biochemistry at the University of Central Florida in 2017. Outside the lab, she enjoys gaming, visiting museums, and exploring the local arts scene.

Molecular tweezers pick viral membranes apart

While most scientists search for specific treatments for viruses like Ebola, Zika and SARS-Cov-2, non-specific methods can have broad impact. Researchers from the United States and Germany joined forces to make non-specific molecular “tweezers” that pluck pieces out of its membrane, leading to disintegrating and dead viruses.

Detergents are for more than washing dishes

Studying membrane-bound proteins requires stabilizing their structure outside of the membrane – otherwise they fall apart. But our analytical techniques have not risen to the challenge. Sadaf et al. pushes us forward by developing novel detergents for stabilizing membrane proteins.