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The synthesis of an extracellular protease by Bacillus sp. HTS102-a wild strain recently isolated from the wool of Portuguese Merino ewes, was optimized. This protease is thermostable and particularly resistant to harsh environmental conditions-and appears to bear a unique ability to hydrolyze keratin-rich solid materials. Following a preliminary screening for the most relevant medium factors involved in processing, a fractional factorial design (2 VI 6-1 ) was applied to ascertain the effectsdoi:10.4236/ns.2013.56a007 fatcat:jwqqhz3fpjfeffd3tvdfuiijeq