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Inner Workings Of A Bacterial Black Box Captured On Time-lapse Video
2013-11-25 15:01:28

[ Watch The Video: Capturing the Carboxysome in Motion ] DOE/Joint Genome Institute Cyanobacteria, found in just about every ecosystem on Earth, are one of the few bacteria that can create their own energy through photosynthesis and "fix" carbon – from carbon dioxide molecules – and convert it into fuel inside of miniscule compartments called carboxysomes. Using a pioneering visualization method, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and the Department of Energy...

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2010-03-04 16:45:10

BOSTON, Mass. -- Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. We hear this mantra time and again. When it comes to carbon"´the "Most Wanted" element in terms of climate change"´nature has got reuse and recycle covered. However, it's up to us to reduce. Scientists at Harvard Medical School are trying to meet this challenge by learning more about the carbon cycle, that is, the process by which carbon moves from the atmosphere into plants, oceans, soils, the earth's crust, and back into the atmosphere...

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2008-02-22 08:28:50

UCLA biochemists and colleagues have answered an important question about the structure of microcompartments "” the mysterious molecular machines that seem to be present in a wide variety of pathogens and other bacteria. In the Feb. 22 issue of the journal Science, the biochemists report how the microcompartment structure closes in three dimensions, forming a shell around the enzymes encased inside. If scientists could prevent or disrupt the formation of these microcompartments, they...

2005-08-10 00:12:16

UCLA biochemists reveal the first structural details of a family of mysterious objects called microcompartments that seem to be present in a variety of bacteria. The discovery was published Aug. 5 in the journal Science. "This is the first look at how microcompartments are built, and what the pieces look like," said Todd O. Yeates, UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and a member of the UCLA-DOE Institute of Genomics and Proteomics. "These microcompartments appear to be highly...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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