Monday, January 26, 2015

Instapundit headline:
SO THERE’S HOPE FOR AMERICA, POST-OBAMA, AFTER ALL: Scientists Figure Out How to Unboil an Egg.
No, they did NOT unboil an egg. What they did was to untangle some proteins which became tangled due to high temperature.
"Scientists at the University of California Irvine have developed a way to unboil egg whites by “untangling” their proteins, a development that has the potential to significantly reduce costs for any biotechnology process that requires the folding of proteins.

“Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg,” UCI biochemistry professor Gregory Weiss said in a statement. “We start with egg whites boiled for 20 minutes at 90 degrees Celsius and return a key protein in the egg to working order.”

In a paper published Friday in the journal ChemBioChem, Weiss and his team of chemistry students describe a method capable of pulling apart tangled proteins and allowing them to refold."
Not to trivialize what they actually did do, the scientist should be roundly chastised for misleading in order to generate publicity for himself. The statement was just click-bait, and self-promotion, and its headline claim is ridicule-bait.

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