Weekly Paper Roundup: Week of April 22

  • A new quantum dot synthesis that gives smaller quantum dots with narrower linewidths and less bleaching [1].
  • A photoactivatible degron that allows protein degradation to be triggered by blue light.  Includes a cool photo taken with yeast. [2].


  1. O. Chen, J. Zhao, V.P. Chauhan, J. Cui, C. Wong, D.K. Harris, H. Wei, H. Han, D. Fukumura, R.K. Jain, and M.G. Bawendi, "Compact high-quality CdSe–CdS core–shell nanocrystals with narrow emission linewidths and suppressed blinking", Nature Materials, vol. 12, pp. 445-451, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmat3539
  2. C. Renicke, D. Schuster, S. Usherenko, L. Essen, and C. Taxis, "A LOV2 Domain-Based Optogenetic Tool to Control Protein Degradation and Cellular Function", Chemistry & Biology, vol. 20, pp. 619-626, 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chembiol.2013.03.005