Improving technique to ID protein function

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By University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The Human Genome Project that sequenced human DNA was such a rousing success that scientists now have more than 6.5 million proteins to study. Determining the role each protein plays and which are important to diseases is a daunting challenge. It can take years, even decades, to understand the role of a single protein.

Robert Powers, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has developed a new method for quickly determining protein function that could speed the process of finding treatments for many human diseases. He received a two-year, $375,670 grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to improve his method.

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