A summary of a study published in the major journal Nature has claimed to have discovered new proteins in the human body, 193 in fact! The researchers found the proteins in areas of what were effectively unchartered territory in what’s known as the Proteome, similar to the Genome (a term given to the genes in the body), but for protein. This is a major finding which suggests that the human Genome is far more complex than previously thought! These findings are quite exciting explains Professor Akhilesh Pandey:
“You can think of the human body as a huge library where each protein is a book," says Akhilesh Pandey, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine and of biological chemistry, pathology and oncology at The Johns Hopkins University and the founder and director of the Institute of Bioinformatics. "The difficulty is that we don't have a comprehensive catalog that gives us the titles of the available books and where to find them. We think we now have a good first draft of that comprehensive catalog."
Let’s see where this takes us from here, it paves the way for more interesting findings.
Science Daily, (2014). Extensive cataloging of human proteins uncovers 193 never known to exist. Retrieved 29th May, 2014, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140528133149.htm