Study shows how lipids affect anesthetics' power

03/27/2012 | BeckersASC.com

Anesthesia may affect lipids in cells' outer membranes, changing nerve cell communication, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The study may show why inhaling anesthetics causes unconsciousness. NIST scientists used X-ray diffraction to study how cell membranes reacted to an inhaled anesthetic as well as a chemical that does not cause unconsciousness.

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