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  • Simpler way of making proteins could lead to new nanomedicine agents

    From left, undergraduate Jason Lang, graduate students Yugang Bai and Hua Lu, and materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng have developed a simple method of making short protein chains with spiral structures that can also dissolve in water, two desirable traits not often found together.

    From left, undergraduate Jason Lang, graduate students Yugang Bai and Hua Lu, and materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng have developed a simple method of making short protein chains with spiral structures that can also dissolve in water, two desirable traits not often found together.

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      From left, undergraduate Jason Lang, graduate students Yugang Bai and Hua Lu, and materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng have developed a simple method of making short protein chains with spiral structures that can also dissolve in water, two desirable traits not often found together.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Researchers found that elongating side chains with charged ends enabled short proteins to coil into a stable helix.

      Image courtesy Jianjun Cheng

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