Indian scientist Neal Devaraj designs artificial cell membrane

Scientists led by Indian-American Neal Devaraj have designed an artificial cell membrane that can sustain continuous growth as a living cell.

Devraj who is a professor at the University of California in San Diego said; “The membranes that we created, though completely synthetic, mimic several features of more complex living organisms, such as the ability to adapt their composition in response to environmental cues.”

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Now scientists can replicate more accurately the behaviour of the living cell membranes.

He added, “For developing the growing membrane, we substituted a complex network of biochemical pathways used in nature with a single autocatalyst that simultaneously drives membrane growth.”

The above video shows Growing cell membranes in a time lapse sequence (The numbers correspond to minutes of duration).

According to the study conducted by Devraj and his team, the designs of simplified lipid-synthesizing membrane uses a synthetic, membrane-embedded catalyst that is capable of self-reproduction.”

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