Scientists Unboil Boiled Egg; New Process Could Help Save Lives

January 29, 2015 / No Comments

egg Scientists Unboil Boiled Egg; New Process Could Help Save Lives

It certainly isn’t any magic. It’s just pure science. Scientists from University of California-Irvine and Australia have now discovered how to unboil a boiled egg. That might sound great to anyone. And this recent discovery could well be an effective life-saver.

Led by Gregory Weiss, professor in UCI, the researchers have invented the method  to unboil a boiled hen egg by adding up urea and with the use of a ‘vortex fluid device’. Urea breaks down the boiled egg and liquefies the solid material, while the rest is what they have found to be hard throughout their researches.

A hard-boiled egg contains proteins that take up the form of being irreversibly changed after being tangled up. With the application of urea, these protein still clumps up in form of balls as unusable particles. Bringing back this protein to its initial form is what done by the vortex-fluid device, which was designed by Professor Colin Raston’s laboratory at Flinders University.

The tiny pieces of proteins are applied with thin, micro-fluidic films with this device, thereby forcing the particles to break down to its initial, untangled form.

Bringing back a boiled egg back to its real form never remains the concern for any of us, and neither for the researchers who were behind this. Their real effort was for the breakdown of the protein particles to its initial state, the off-shoot of which could be now a real path-breaker in the field of bio-chemistry.

Medical field have been often tested with pace and this comes as no exception in the case of gummy proteins, whose scrapping off demands some extra time. That’s where the recovery of such materials would hold value. Wasted proteins could now be effectively recovered and reused in a quicker manner.

Researchers have claimed the new process to be adding the pace for these processes by factors of upto thousands. While it takes up to four days for the conventional methods of gum-protein scrapping in a dialysis process, the new method would only be taking around minutes to recover the proteins, for which it takes up to four days with the conventional methods.

An area of application for this new process could be in cancer treatment. Creation of the cancer antibodies are carried out with the help of hamster ovary cells for the reduction of protein wastage, at the same time being expensive. With the help of new process, these could be avoided for a better way of caner antibody creation that could pave the way for time-efficient and cheaper treatments for cancer.