what makes a NEW protein??

Quicksilver beckerr at vzdmzd.zdv.uni-mainz.de
Thu Aug 21 09:53:02 EST 1997

Carsten Hohoff wrote:
> My question is not that philosophical:
> if you have a protein of 130 aa ('x')and you find another one with just
> one aa exchange (2 bp exchanged, y) - do you really have a NEW protein
> wich you can publish elsewhere (stating at least: x 99% identical to y...)?
> I have observed this twice with the same protein and wondered because I
> thought that a minimum of 5% will create a 'new' protein. Are there any
> (nomenclature) rules for the scientific community?
> Best regards, Carsten Hohoff
> Dept. of Biochem, Muenster
Wahrscheinlich handelt es sich um einen Polymorphismus.

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