Archive for May 16th, 2012

Gareth Holder’s paper, just published in Soft Matter, is the latest from a long-standing collaboration with Peter Weightman in Physics and Ed Yates in Integrative Biology. The paper highlights some surprising features of heparin. Unlike an uncharged model polysaccharide heparin chains clearly have the potential to produce long-range order. Our next challenge is to see if this holds up in mixtures and in the presence of proteins. Nonetheless, this work raises intriguing possibilities for extracellular matrices to possess long-range order of nanoscale structural units

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