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Question: In 2003, Peter Agre was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for
working out the structure and fu…


In 2003, Peter Agre was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for
working out the structure and function of aquaporins. Since then
there has been much interest in the development of synthetic
membranes that would contain aquaporins and be used to economically
provide fresh drinking water, water for space travel, and water for
industrial uses. Here is an example site to use:
https://www.waterworld.com/articles/wwi/print/volume-27/issue-3/editorial-focus/desalination/biomimetic-membranes-taking.html

Questions:

1. Describe your understanding of the type of molecule
an aquaporin is and how it functions normally in the membrane of a
cell.

2. How might it remove salts and contaminates from water
if it is placed in a synthetic membrane that mimics (biomimetic) a
cell membrane.

3. How useful and what humanitarian projects might an
aquaporin biomimetric membrane be useful for (give some good
examples)? Do you think it might be useful in the United
States?

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