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  • Study: Antifreeze proteins in Antarctic fishes prevent freezing...and melting

    University of Illinois animal biology professor Chi-Hing (Christina) Cheng and her colleagues discovered that the proteins that bind to ice crystals inside the bodies of Antarctic fishes to keep the fishes from freezing also prevent the ice from melting at higher temperatures.

    University of Illinois animal biology professor Chi-Hing (Christina) Cheng and her colleagues discovered that the proteins that bind to ice crystals inside the bodies of Antarctic fishes to keep the fishes from freezing also prevent the ice from melting at higher temperatures.

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  • To reach Christina Cheng, call 217-333-2832; email c-cheng@illinois.edu. To reach Paul Cziko, call 217-819-7976; email pcziko@uoregon.edu

    The paper, “Antifreeze protein-induced superheating of ice inside Antarctic notothenioid fishes inhibits melting during summer warming,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.