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Modifying molecules with lasers

Jay Thelen

Jay Thelen

Brief by Roger Meissen| Bond LSC
What do lasers have to do with food allergies?

Bond LSC’s Jay Thelen was recently part of a team that looked at how short laser pulses might be used to modify peptides and proteins to make foods edible for┬áthose with specific allergies.

Thelen, a biochemistry professor, joined scientists from his department, engineering and Denmark to explore this possibility. What they found was a way to modify molecules quicker and more cheaply than current chemical methods. This could potentially lower costs for specific applications in medicine, pharmacology, biotechnology and more.

We don’t want to give everything away, so read the whole story from MU’s College of Engineering here.

Article originally published on Decoding Science.