London, January 27: Researchers have maged to unboil an ordiry boiled egg, and the results may have implications for cancer treatments, biotechnology and a broad range of food production processes, a British daily reported on Tuesday. “Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg,” The Independent quoted Gregory Weiss, the lead author of the study supported by the US and Australian governments, as saying. A hard–boiled egg white represents proteins that have been cooked, tangled up and — so it was thought — irreversibly changed.
But the scientists were able to force the proteins apart into their untangled and reusable form. They added a urea substance to break down the cooked egg and then applied a high–powered machine called a “vortex fluid device” to achieve the result, the daily said. “It’s not so much that we’re interested in processing the eggs; that’s just demonstrating how powerful this process is,” Weiss said.
“The real problem is there are lots of cases of gummy proteins that you spend way too much time scraping off your test tubes, and you want some means of recovering that material.”(IANS)