Protein stuns scientists by conducting electricity

Nov 01, 2017, 7:28 AM EDT
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A new discovery at Arizona State University has debunked a well-established fact that proteins are inert organic matter. Researchers have stumbled on a protein that can conduct electricity like a metal, a finding that holds promise for developing powerful new diagnostic tools in medicine.

Lead researcher Stuart Lindsay and his team also tested a device that can switch on and off the electrical conductivity of a protein molecule, notes Futurism.

The research could potentially transform the way science understands the electrical properties of proteins and might also prompt researches to probe the quantum mechanical nature of proteins, writes Arizona State University