After the publication of their study, Gregory Weiss, a professor of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry at the University of California at Irvine, confirms, "Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg.”
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They boiled egg whites for 20 minutes and returned lysozyme, a key protein in the egg, to pull apart tangled proteins that would allow the egg whites to refold or go back to a structurally correct shape. I'm not so sure if it is edible as they used urea (which you could also get from your pee) to liquefy the solid, cooked egg whites.
Yes, why would anyone want to uncook an egg? They're not really into the raw food craze but the researchers believe that this "could transform industrial and research production of proteins" which would be helpful for cheese production and cancer research.