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Protein ingredients market worth $9bn in 2007

In the aftermath of the BSE crisis food manufacturers began to investigate the substitution of animal proteins by plant proteins.



Protein concentration prior to separation and analysis

Many research applications require concentration of dilute protein solutions. The miVac sample concentrator from Genevac provides a proven efficient and cost effective alternative to membrane centrifugation techniques for protein concentration prior to separation or analysis.



Novel insights into the evolution of protein networks

System-wide networks of proteins are indispensable for organisms. Function and evolution of these networks are among the most fascinating research questions in biology. Bioinformatician Thomas Rattei, University of Vienna, and physicist Hernan Makse, City University New York, have reconstructed ancestral protein networks.



Protein paves the way for correct stem cell differentiation

A single embryonic stem cell can develop into more than 200 specialized cell types that make up our body. This maturation process is called differentiation and is tightly regulated through strict control of gene activity.



Protein production: going viral

A research team of scientists from EMBL Grenoble and the IGBMC in Strasbourg, France, have, for the first time, described in molecular detail the architecture of the central scaffold of TFIID: the human protein complex essential for transcription from DNA to mRNA.



Economic approach to protein precipitation sample preparation

The Combipack™ is Porvair Sciences economic response to the growing use of protein precipitation separation techniques in chromatography labs.



Prion protein hints at role in aiding learning and memory

Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that the protein called prion helps our brains to absorb zinc, which is believed to be crucial to our ability to learn and the wellbeing of our memory.



Neuroscientists discover key protein responsible for controlling nerve cell protection

A key protein, which may be activated to protect nerve cells from damage during heart failure or epileptic seizure, has been found to regulate the transfer of information between nerve cells in the brain. The discovery, made by neuroscientists at the University of Bristol and published in Nature Neuroscience and PNAS, could lead to novel new therapies for stroke and epilepsy.



Protein link to wound healing

Scientists report that a protein previously linked only to cell death, plays a critical role in the healing of wounds in laboratory mice.



SLAM: Protein evolution mysteries

Is it possible to discern the evolutionary history of an organism by looking at its protein composition? A researcher spoke with the Scientist Live Audio Mailbag and answered questions sent in by the readers.



Protein helps immune cells

Researchers have identified a key protein that is required for immune cells called B lymphocytes to divide and replicate themselves.



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