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How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine

By | September 21, 2016

Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.

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Examining the tragedies of several families who each lost multiple children, two teams of researchers reveal a previously unappreciated role for a mitochondrial enzyme.

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Heady Stuff

By | November 1, 2015

New research on how fat influences brain neuronal activity

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Fish Make Their Own Sun Protection

By | May 14, 2015

Zebrafish and other vertebrates have the enzymatic machinery to synthesize gadusol, an ultraviolet light-absorbing compound.

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Beetle Bomb

By | May 1, 2015

High-speed X-ray video reveals how bombardier beetles control their toxic sprays.

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Mitochondrial Enzyme Detailed

By | January 9, 2015

Researchers reveal clues regarding how an ancient mitochondrial enzyme helps maintain healthy cells across the tree of life.

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Enzyme Design

By | December 3, 2014

Researchers create synthetic enzymes in the lab, encoded by artificial genetic material.

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Deep-Sea Detox

By | October 21, 2014

Unique chemistry allows microbes to strip pollutants of halogen atoms, a study shows.

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Virtual Reaction

By | October 20, 2014

A computer simulation could predict antibiotic resistance.

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Sophie Dumont: Forces at Play

By | May 1, 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell & Tissue Biology, University of California, San Francisco. Age: 38

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