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04/05/2011

Immunology technology to identify art

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    The idea is to use immunology techniques to help identify materials used in art works.
    The conventional techniques used by museums, such as infrared spectroscopy, are limited in the ingredients they can identify. Immunology techniques could be used to more readily identify proteins and polysaccharides in very small samples.
    A variety of natural materials, including proteins, are used to create artworks, and knowing whether a painting was created with oil paint or egg tempura will help curators better preserve and understand the piece.
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