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Fascination Science


Tue 26 Sep 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Massey University Albany Campus, State Highway 17, Albany, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: h189xtn

Serendipity and the discovery of new protein chemistry from the microbial world.

Professor: Edward Neill Baker

Throughout my scientific life, I have been fascinated by the beautiful and complex structures of biology, especially those formed by proteins. The advent of genome sequencing, some 20 years ago, brought a vast array of new data but also indicated how much is still unknown about the natural world.

In this talk, I will describe some of the unexpected findings, and potential new applications, that can come from exploring some of the “unknown” proteins encoded in genome sequences. By targeting genes for proteins predicted to be displayed on the outside surfaces of bacteria, we discovered bonds that form spontaneously when the host proteins fold up, and can now be used as a molecular “super-glue” to join proteins together for applications in biotechnology.

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