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Scientists find a way to unboil an egg

By T.K. Randall
January 26, 2015 · Comment icon 29 comments



A boiled egg can now be turned back in to an uncooked egg. Image Credit: sxc.hu
The impossible has been made possible thanks to scientists at universities in California and Australia.
The process of boiling an egg, which sees the proteins inside rearrange in to a tighter and more tangled structure, would seem to be a one-way process that is impossible to reverse.

Now however scientists have managed to develop a new technique that enables them to pull apart the tangled proteins and return the egg to its original state within a matter of minutes.

The process can also be used on other types of proteins as well.

While unboiling an egg is a neat trick, the real value in this discovery lies in its potential medical applications. One area that could benefit significantly from it is the creation of cancer-fighting antibody proteins that currently take large amounts of time and money to produce.
Food production and biotechnology research could also benefit from the process.

"I can't predict how much money it will save, but I can say this will save a ton of time, and time is money," said chemistry and molecular biology professor Gregory Weiss.

Source: CNBC | Comments (29)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by highdesert50 8 years ago
Really a fascinating experiment that encourages one to consider the concept of entropy Arrow of Time.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 8 years ago
I did, I crushed all before me as well, until I tripped over a unboiled egg trying to cross the road. I retired due to injury. But why did it Cross the road ?
Comment icon #22 Posted by timewarrior 8 years ago
I try not to eat eggs or I should say I don't. But unavoidable as there are some products with eggs. Eating eggs is disgusting as I have eggs in me and I do menstruate. So I find the idea of eating eggs gross. But I don't find eating fish eggs disgusting. That is the funny thing. Only birds eggs I don't eat. This is the Timewarrior speaking. . .then I highly suggest you don't try Balut. . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balut_(egg)
Comment icon #23 Posted by clare256 8 years ago
Only if its fertilised... otherwise its waste material from the menstruation cycle. eeewwwww
Comment icon #24 Posted by Electrika 8 years ago
eeewwwww You see why am i so adverse to eating eggs now? I try not to eat but some food like fried carrot cakes has eggs Just to sidetrack too.. i do not drink milk because of the cruelty in the dairy industry the cows are being impregnated just to give humans milk.. Also come near future i may produce milk... Cruelty plus i have them too.. But some food i like has milk in it.. This may sound weird eggs and milk... But i am a straight woman... Very funny i know...
Comment icon #25 Posted by Electrika 8 years ago
This is the Timewarrior speaking. . .then I highly suggest you don't try Balut. . . http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Balut_(egg) No i will never... Ducks are too cute...
Comment icon #26 Posted by RabidMongoose 8 years ago
It's about untangling proteins, and there is some cancer treatment application. When those lovely proteins hit your stomach acid most of them won't make it into your intestines 'untangled' A completely pointless invention unless you're going to start eating the contents of eggs in time release capsules. Eating raw eggs is all you're basically doing if you untangle the proteins in a boiled egg. There isn't much nutritional benefit to doing that.
Comment icon #27 Posted by pallidin 8 years ago
When those lovely proteins hit your stomach acid most of them won't make it into your intestines 'untangled' A completely pointless invention unless you're going to start eating the contents of eggs in time release capsules. Eating raw eggs is all you're basically doing if you untangle the proteins in a boiled egg. There isn't much nutritional benefit to doing that. Well, it's an experiment to see if proper "untangling" could be done. Apparently the science gleaned from this has ENORMOUS potential as stated in the article. Further work will need to be done, of course, to bring this important a... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by aquatus1 8 years ago
When those lovely proteins hit your stomach acid most of them won't make it into your intestines 'untangled' A completely pointless invention unless you're going to start eating the contents of eggs in time release capsules. Eating raw eggs is all you're basically doing if you untangle the proteins in a boiled egg. There isn't much nutritional benefit to doing that. Missed...the point. You really don't see how reversing catastrophic damage to a cell might be of some interest to the field of biology?
Comment icon #29 Posted by Calle 8 years ago
I try not to eat eggs or I should say I don't. But unavoidable as there are some products with eggs. Eating eggs is disgusting as I have eggs in me and I do menstruate. So I find the idea of eating eggs gross. But I don't find eating fish eggs disgusting. That is the funny thing. Only birds eggs I don't eat. to be honest, when i made the realisation that chicken eggs are chicken menstruation when i was 6 years old, i didn't eat eggs until i was 11 years old, then realised that it's unavoidable, we eat it, there are a lot of people that realised same as i have and still is eating it, so yeah.


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