Synthetic reproductions of antifreeze proteins found in polar fish can be used to cryopreserve - or 'freeze' - bacteria
Revolutionary approach is more effective than current industry standard
The findings could radically improve storage and transportation of human organs, food and medicine - and advance laboratory research
The survival mechanisms of polar fish have led scientists at the University of Warwick to develop of a revolutionary approach to 'freeze' bacteria.
Researchers from the Department of Chemistry and Warwick Medical School have established a way to cryopreserve (or 'freeze') a broad range of bacteria using synthetic reproductions of the natural antifreeze proteins found in polar organisms.
They found that adding the protein mimics slows ice crystal growth and stops them destroying the bacteria cells.