A team of scientists has recently discovered how to unboil eggs and extract proteins directly from it.
Gregory Weiss, a professor of chemistry, molecular biology and biochemistry at UCI, says his team has invented a method to bring an egg back to the state before it was boiled.
According to professor Weiss, the discovery did not happen intentionally. It was previously thought that it is scientifically impossible to unboil eggs, but researchers from the University of California Irvine have developed a special method that refolds the egg’s proteins and restores them to their initial chemical structure.
Professor Weiss talks about the experiment, saying that he has discovered a technique that can pull apart the egg’s tangled proteins and can allow them to refold. The experiment involves boiling egg whites for approximately 20 minutes at a temperature of 90 degrees Celsius. After that the scientists restore a key protein in the egg to its working order.
Weiss comments that this was not what they were initially trying to find, but since they did find it, they are hoping that this can help them learn more about the process and benefit from it in the future.
Previously, researchers have been able to untangle the proteins but the methods were very expensive and time consuming.
Weiss explains that the main problem is that there scientists spend too much time scarping off proteins from test tubes. The new method of unboiling eggs can help them recover the proteins faster and more efficiently.
Weiss believes that the entire biotechnology industry could benefit from the new discovery. He reports that the new method could dramatically transform industrial and research protein production.
Weiss gives an example on how the new method could help pharmaceutical companies. He explains that at the moments these companies are working on creating cancer antibodies using very expensive ovary cells from hamsters. These methods do not often extract proteins successfully.
Weiss says that the new method of extracting proteins from yeast or from the E coli bacteria could make cancer treatments less expensive.
The scientists published their new study in the Journal ChemBioChem.
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