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.

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.

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Fishing for bacteria with gold and DNA

What happens when you bring DNA strands, gold nanoparticles, conformation-induced color changes, and a highly-intrusive bacterium together? A field-portable, inexpensive test for the world’s greatest bacterial threats.

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