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UC Irvine and Australian chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites – an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry, according to findings published today in the journal ChemBioChem.
"Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg," said Gregory Weiss, UCI professor of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry. "In our paper, we describe a device for pulling apart tangled proteins and allowing them to refold. We start with egg whites boiled for 20 minutes at 90 degrees Celsius and return a key protein in the egg to working order."
For example, pharmaceutical companies currently create cancer antibodies in expensive hamster ovary cells that do not often misfold proteins. The ability to quickly and cheaply re-form common proteins from yeast or E. coli bacteria could potentially streamline protein manufacturing and make cancer treatments more affordable. Industrial cheese makers, farmers and others who use recombinant proteins could also achieve more bang for their buck.
originally posted by: Cabin
I find hearing such news fascinating. It is amazing when technology advances and lets us do things that might have seemed impossible some decades ago. Even the word - unboil - does not officially even exist in English (I can not say it 100%, but I could not find the word in any of the larger online dictionaries). Considering the potential uses of such process, I truly hope it will be started to be used in the industries in coming years.
an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments... ...could potentially streamline protein manufacturing and make cancer treatments more affordable
Industrial cheese makers, farmers and others who use recombinant proteins could also achieve more bang for their buck.
originally posted by: GetHyped
a reply to: Cabin
Clickbait headline from physorg. They didn't unboil an egg, they recovered 1 protein.
The new company 2-D Fluidics Pty Ltd is owned equally by Flinders University and First Graphene. It will commercialise the Vortex Fluidic Device (VFD), which was invented at the South Australian university by Professor Colin Raston and his team.
In 2015, the researchers from the Flinders Institute for NanoScale Science and Technology in Adelaide were awarded an Ig Nobel Award for creating the Vortex Fluidic Device and using it to unboil an egg.