It’s one of a kind!
Up until now, proteins are mostly referred as essentials when it comes to cell’s structure, but scientific team from Arizona State University has discovered a complete game changer. This new kind of protiein’s ability to handle electricity is truly astonishing. The scientists put tremendous amount of work and conducting a lot of experiments to confirm this ability.
According to the scientists if this protein can be replicated, its contribution to the medicine will be huge, since the protein’s ability can be used to track down other proteins who can carry out electricity.
Stuart Lindsay – Arizona’s State University lead researcher says: “If we confirm our discovery, we’ll be making a huge step forward in both science and medicine, we are still testing every variation and precluding all artefacts that may occur”. His journey starts with the development of small DNA accompanied by amino acid readers used to target single molecules among electrodes, a process known as recognition tunneling.
Seeing success with single molecules has forced the scientists to move on the next level, investigating if that same electronic pulse can target whole proteins. Not long after their decision, they’ve encountered new success showing that the alphaVbeta3 protein, when put between two single electrodes it can withstand electricity outstandingly.
Deeper exploration of proteins.
Using advanced technology Stuart and his team have brought the protein to the quantum critical state, the key state between the metallic and insulator ones. The hunger for more success based on this discovery didn’t stopped there, the idea of coming up with a device that can turn the proteins ability to carry out electricity on and off, turned out to be even more successful.
Considering the fact there is only one protein of this kind (so far) has made the scientists very careful with every next step. Knowing they have still a lot to discover about this phenomenon and how each new success can aid in treating deceases or establish a whole new understanding of the proteins.
Still, this is just a tip of the iceberg and we are truly hoping we are going to hear a lot about this in near future.
Source > futurism.com