Proteins By Design: Biochemists Create New Protein From Scratch

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 08:33 in Biology & Nature

Using design and engineering principles learned from nature, a team of biochemists have built -- from scratch -- a completely new type of protein. This protein can transport oxygen, akin to human neuroglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen in the brain and peripheral nervous system. Some day this approach could be used to make artificial blood for use on the battle field or by emergency-care professionals.

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