Food and Packaging : a chemical spark

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…”Chicken feathers may fuel plastic revolution.” This was the striking title of a hot topics communication brought by several news agencies in April 2011. The focus was suddenly on one of the most abundant and generally unexploited non-food proteins : keratin, the major component of hair, feathers, nails and horns of mammals, birds and reptiles. According to the research team led by Professor Y. Yang of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chicken feathers could be the backbone of the next major plastics revolution … [from the chapter on Keratins]
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