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A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.
Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 14, 2017
Scientists infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies.
Most Accurate CRISPR Gene Editing Yet
Kerry Grens | Sep 22, 2017
A tweaked Cas9 nuclease reduces off-target effects to levels below that of previous versions of the enzyme.
Phosphorylation at the Flick of a Switch
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2017
Incorporating light-controlled dimerization domains into kinases provides tight regulation of these enzymes.
Infographic: Enzymes Controlled by Light
Ruth Williams | Apr 30, 2017
Custom-designed kinases have built-in switches that act as gatekeepers for the enzymes' active sites.
Pitcher Plant Enzymes Digest Gluten in Mouse Model
Jenny Rood | Feb 1, 2017
A newly discovered protease could break down grain proteins that trigger celiac disease.
How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine
Ruth Williams | Sep 20, 2016
Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.
Kids’ Sudden Cardiac Deaths Explained by Heritable Mutations in a Single Gene
Kerry Grens | Aug 11, 2016
Examining the tragedies of several families who each lost multiple children, two teams of researchers reveal a previously unappreciated role for a mitochondrial enzyme.
Kate Yandell | Nov 1, 2015
New research on how fat influences brain neuronal activity
Fish Make Their Own Sun Protection
Jenny Rood | May 14, 2015
Zebrafish and other vertebrates have the enzymatic machinery to synthesize gadusol, an ultraviolet light-absorbing compound.