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Study offers new clue into how anaesthesia interacts with the brain

How anaesthetic drugs interact with the brain to block pain and induce a coma-like, memory-free state has been a mystery since anaesthesia was first used in operating theatres more than 160 years ago. The debate has divided the anaesthesia research community into two camps: those that believe that anaesthetia interacts primarily on the cell membrane (the lipid bilayer) of nerve cells, perhaps altering it to the point that embedded proteins cannot function normally, and those who think that the membrane

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Study offers new clue into how anaesthesia interacts with the brain

How anaesthesia interacts with the brain to block pain and induce a coma-like, memory-free state has been a mystery since anaesthesia was first used in operating theatres more than 160 years ago. The debate has divided the anaesthesia research community into two camps: those that believe that anaesthetia interacts primarily on the cell membrane (the lipid bilayer) of nerve cells, perhaps altering it to the point that embedded proteins cannot function normally, and those who think that the membrane proteins