Measuring electric forces between biological molecules and their environment
Opposite charges attract, while like charges repel each other. This is easy enough to see and measure in a simple high school physics experiment using balloons and static electricity. It is much more difficult when it comes to charged biological molecules in their natural environment, physiological saline, that consists of polar water molecules and positively charged ions. The EU-funded BIOVIB project will take an unprecedented closer look at hydrated RNA and DNA molecules. By harnessing multidimensional vibrational spectroscopy and externally applied THz electric fields, scientists plan to open a new window on the electric forces pulling and pushing biological molecules and stabilising their structure.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
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