Researchers First To Catalogue Interactions Of An Organism's Proteins
Posted: Friday, July 27, 2001
(Science Daily) In recent years, researchers have made significant scientific advancements by decoding the entire genetic blueprint – the genome – of several organisms, including humans. That work, however, is only a first step in understanding how living things are put together and how they operate.
Now, a team of scientists at North Carolina State University has played a key role in the first analysis of the function of all of an organism's important proteins, the main building blocks of all living organisms. That peer-reviewed research, headed by a team of scientists from Yale University, is described in the July 27 edition of the journal Science.
Proteins are the complex molecules created to carry out the instructions in an organism's genes, encoded in DNA, for how that organism grows and functions. Research on how those proteins work, called "proteomics," is an emerging field of scientific study.
The Yale-NC State proteomics project analyzed how 5,800 proteins in yeast interact with each other, with DNA and with lipids, the molecules that make up the membranes surrounding cells. [More]
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