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Nanoencapsulation: Chemists at TSRI discover a new and simple way of controlling reactions

splace another DCC, which make two more, etc. Two becomes four, four becomes eight, eight becomes 16, 32, 64, 128, ...

These kinetics are unlike anything that has been seen in the absence of catalysis.

Rebek plans to next set up a system with different capsules and reagents inside them that can be triggered to react. He adds that this control is inherent within the reaction a self-regulatory control, not unlike what living systems use in nature.

"To study the dynamics of living systems, which are really very complex," he says, "you have to look at systems such as these."

The research article "Amplification from compartmentalized reagents" is authored by Jian Chen, Steffi Krner, Stephen L. Craig, Dmitry M. Rudkevich, and Julius Rebek Jr and appears in the January 24, 2002 issue of Nature.

The research was funded by The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and the National Institutes of Health.


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Contact: Robin B. Goldsmith
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858-784-8134
Scripps Research Institute
24-Jan-2002


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