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02.16.2017

An origami ‘revolution’ includes UW protein designers

UW institute advances understanding of folding structures’ influence on health and disease

PBS NOVA  |  Updated 3:15 PM, 02.16.2017

Posted in: Research

  • A screen grab from the NOVA program shows a researcher in David Baker's lab manipulating a protein design. PBS

When a protein folds correctly, it spurs a biological process in a cell -- one of many that enable the human body to live. Our bodies have about 100,000 distinct proteins, built from strings of amino acids, and each protein has a job to do. Proteins folded incorrectly, though, are associated with disease. 

The University of Washington Institute for Protein Design is part of a scientific "revolution," NOVA reports, that is rooted in the ancient art of origami. 

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