Many people might think of food or exercise when they hear the word "protein." But proteins perform a vast array of functions within our bodies. In this episode, we'll visit a Japanese laboratory where most of the main proteins of the human body can now be produced artificially. And we'll see how human and even insect proteins can be put to work in drugs and medical sensors. We'll also get a look at a new device to remove pollutants from ocean surfaces.
[J-Innovators] A Floating Ocean Surface Skimmer
Synthesizing proteins in a special culturing medium
Professor Tatsuya SAWASAKI has synthesized 28,000 proteins
[J-Innovators] This device skims oil and other floating pollutants off the ocean surface
Innovator Toru EBIHARA modified the floating skimmer to collect pumice stones