Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tarantula venom illuminates electrical activity in live cells

Date:
October 21, 2014

Source:
University of California - Davis Health System

Summary:
A cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound has been developed to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells. This is the first time researchers have been able to visually observe these electrical signaling proteins turn on without genetic modification.


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