Growing momentum in the molecular study of ion channels

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Long the sole domain of physiologists and electrical engineers, ion channel biophysics is going molecular, and with a vengeance. This summary of a recent meeting devoted to ion channel biophysics shows that the integration of techniques, reinforced by active communication among scientists of diverse backgrounds, is extremely potent.

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Figure 1: Structures of the a,b, nAChR3, c,d,MscL4, and e,f,KcsA5 ion channel proteins, and g, the T1 domain6,7 from a voltage-gated K+ channel.

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    *Ion Channel Structures & Function, July 16–18, 1999;. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Organized by Steve A.N. Goldstein.

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