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Sponging Up Phosphorus

By | July 1, 2015

Symbiotic bacteria in Caribbean reef sponges store polyphosphate granules, possibly explaining why phosphorous is so scarce in coral reef ecosystems.

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Early Code

By | June 3, 2015

New research points to key properties of transfer RNA molecules and amino acids that may have supported the origin of life on Earth.


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Biochemistry Pioneer Dies

By | June 3, 2015

Irwin “Ernie” Rose, who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation, has passed away at age 88.


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The Living Set

By | June 1, 2015

Mathematical and computational approaches are making strides in understanding how life might have emerged and organized itself from the basic chemistry of early Earth.


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Prominent Chemist Dies

By | May 7, 2015

Oktay Sinanoglu, best known for his work in physical chemistry and biochemistry, has passed away at age 80.


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On the Origins of Life

By | March 17, 2015

A new experimental system demonstrates that precursors of ribonucleotides, amino acids, and lipids may have simultaneously arisen from the same prebiotic chemistry.


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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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Deep-Sea Detox

By | October 21, 2014

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


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Toward Yeast–Based Opioid Production

By | August 24, 2014

Synthetic biologists introduce bacterial and poppy plant genes into yeast to manufacture morphine.


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Bioluminescence Researcher Dies

By | August 12, 2014

Harvard biochemist J. Woodland Hastings, who first theorized about quorum sensing in the late 1960s, succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis last week at age 87.


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