SCIENCE

Unboiling An Egg: Why It Matters

When chemists successfully unboiled an egg this year, they also discovered a way to fast-track cancer drug development

Sep 30, 2015 at 6:11 PM ET

Chemists unboiled an egg this year, in a bizarre feat that helped them clinch the coveted Ig Nobel Prize for, “achievements that first make people laugh, and make them think.” As pointless as it sounds, the experiment wasn’t just about finding a way to CTRL-Z your cooking—scientists say the findings may speed up drug development, and help roll out cancer treatments faster, at a lower cost. Here’s why unboiling an egg matters: