Short synthetic protein fragments, i.e. peptides, are an important tool for researchers and medics. However, peptide production is expensive and time-consuming. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) have now succeeded in generating peptides on a microchip – faster and thus cheaper than with previous methods.
Literature: Mario Beyer, Alexander Nesterov, Ines Block, Kai König, Thomas Felgenhauer, Simon Fernandez, Klaus Leibe, Gloria Torralba, Michael Hausmann, Ulrich Trunk, Volker Lindenstruth, Ralf Bischoff, Volker Stadler, Frank Breitling: Combinatorial Synthesis of Peptide Arrays onto a Microchip. Science 318 (5858), p. 1888. DOI: 10.1126/science.1149751