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CRACKED IT: Callum Ormonde has learned how to unboil an egg, and in doing so helped revolutionise a cancer fighting technique used by drug manufacturers. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Surprise lab find no yolk for cancer

A chance discovery many researchers may have dismissed as an error has brought about a series of surprising and rewarding events for The University Of Western Australia PhD student Callum Ormonde.

Most notable among these outcomes is a technique scientists are now testing to vastly reduce the amount of time and money needed to create cancer-fighting drugs.

That discovery emerged after Mr Ormonde decided to see what happened when he inserted the boiled white of an egg into a vortex fluidic device created by former UWA professor Colin Raston.

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