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A team of chemists from Emory University in Atlanta, US, has invented a shape-shifting peptide nanomaterial that can be triggered controllably - paving the way for potential biomedicine applications.

In a new research paper published in The Journal of the American Chemical Society, the team led by Emory University - together with correspondents from the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland, Center of Cellular Imaging and NanoAnalytics at the University of Basel also in Switzerland, and the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, US - details the nature and behavior of the shape-shifting peptide nanomaterial. The newly invented material can transform from flat sheets to tubes as required, promising wide biomedicine applications - from tissue engineering to controlled drug and protein delivery.

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