Biophysical Membranes – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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Biophysics - Membranes

All living cells are surrounded by membranes consisting of a double layer of lipids.


By using the principles and methods of physics
the group ‘Membrane Biophysics’ researches biological phenomena and works towards solving how protein and chemical material passes through both biological and artificial membranes. The physical theory of an electrical circuit can describe how for example signals are transported around in the brain.

Research into membranes has turned upside down all previous, firmly held scientific understanding of how nerves function and how anaesthetics work. By the help of the physical laws of thermal energy their research shows that nerves function by sound pulses, and anaesthetics works by stopping the sound pulses.

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