Publication – How antifreeze proteins work

This week, Dutch, American and Canadian researchers present a major step forward in the understanding of how antifreeze proteins – proteins that block the growth of nascent ice crystals – work. The results are not only important for cryobiology, but also for the development of synthetic polymers that may find use as additive in a range of applications – from de-icing sprays and road salt to formulations for cell and tissue preservation. The team, led by Ilja Voets, will publish its findings this week in the leading journal PNAS.

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