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Pulsating vesicles

During her travels through Wonderland, Alice finds several ways of growing and shrinking in size. A polymeric vesicle plays the same trick in response to pH, in a process that might one day be useful for drug delivery.

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Figure 1: A pH-responsive vesicle membrane.


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van Hest, J. Pulsating vesicles. Nature 461, 45–47 (2009).

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