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Scientists Resurrect Ancient Rubiscos to Understand Their Evolution
A team proposes that the addition of a small accessory subunit to the carbon-fixing enzyme was key to improving its catalytic properties and specificity to CO2.
Scientists Resurrect Ancient Rubiscos to Understand Their Evolution
Scientists Resurrect Ancient Rubiscos to Understand Their Evolution

A team proposes that the addition of a small accessory subunit to the carbon-fixing enzyme was key to improving its catalytic properties and specificity to CO2.

A team proposes that the addition of a small accessory subunit to the carbon-fixing enzyme was key to improving its catalytic properties and specificity to CO2.

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Accurate Protein Production Promotes Longevity
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Worms, flies, and yeast live longer if the fidelity of their protein-making machinery is improved, a study shows.
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Microbiologist Thomas Brock Dies at 94
Lisa Winter | Apr 23, 2021 | 2 min read
Brock’s discovery of a thermophile bacteria at Yellowstone National Park in 1966 eventually enabled the development of PCR.
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Researchers modify a heat-loving bacterium so it can produce biofuel from switchgrass directly, with no need for costly chemical and enzymatic treatments.
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Researchers behind high-impact studies that at first seemed obscure are honored in another round of prizes.
Microbial Fuel Factories
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An archaeon takes the first steps toward making a liquid fuel from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas.
Antarctic Lake Teems With Life
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DNA and RNA sequences from Lake Vostok below the Antarctic glacier reveal thousands of bacteria species, including some commonly found in fish digestive systems.
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Whether infecting hot spring-dwelling microbes or humans, viruses co-opt the same group of proteins to assemble themselves and break out of cells.
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