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The team, led by Peter Seeberger from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, isolated an antibody which specifically recognises Yersinia pestis (Y. pestis), the bacterium responsible for plague. This paves the way for a dipstick test which could identify the bacterium in minutes.
Dr Admir Masic from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces spoke to us about using Raman and Infra-red spectroscopy techniques to study biomaterials.
Mussels can cling to rocky shores with an iron grip, and a new study suggests that's thanks to a special arrangement of protein and metal ions in their bushy "beards."
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