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Cancer Proteomics
oil on canvas
40 x 30
Hunter Cole

Collection of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Proteomics is "the study of the proteome, the complete set of proteins produced by a species, using the technologies of large-scale protein separation and identification."* Cancer proteomics looks at the changes in the proteome that may lead to cancer.

"Protein: A large molecule composed of one or more chains of amino acids in a specific order determined by the base sequence of nucleotides in the DNA coding for the protein.

Proteins are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body's cells, tissues, and organs. Each protein has unique functions. Proteins are essential components of muscles, skin, bones and the body as a whole.

Examples of proteins include whole classes of important molecules, among them enzymes, hormones, and antibodies.

Protein is one of the three types of nutrients used as energy sources by the body, the other two being carbohydrate and fat. Proteins and carbohydrates each provide 4 calories of energy per gram, while fats produce 9 calories per gram.

* http://www.medterms.com

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