An origami ‘revolution’ includes UW protein designers

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An origami ‘revolution’ includes UW protein designers

UW institute advances understanding of folding structures’ influence on health and disease

When a protein folds correctly, it spurs a biological process in a cell -- one of many that enable the human body to live. Our bodies have about 100,000 distinct proteins, built from strings of amino acids, and each protein has a job to do. Proteins folded incorrectly, though, are associated with disease. 

The University of Washington Institute for Protein Design is part of a scientific "revolution," NOVA reports, that is rooted in the ancient art of origami.