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Infographic: Enzymes Controlled by Light

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2017

Custom-designed kinases have built-in switches that act as gatekeepers for the enzymes' active sites.

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Pitcher Plant Enzymes Digest Gluten in Mouse Model

By Jenny Rood | February 1, 2017

A newly discovered protease could break down grain proteins that trigger celiac disease.

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How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine

By Ruth Williams | 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 Kate Yandell | November 1, 2015

New research on how fat influences brain neuronal activity

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Fish Make Their Own Sun Protection

By Jenny Rood | 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 Jenny Rood | May 1, 2015

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

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Mitochondrial Enzyme Detailed

By Jef Akst | 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 Jef Akst | December 3, 2014

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

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Deep-Sea Detox

By Molly Sharlach | October 21, 2014

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

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