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2012-06-04 19:23:56

Findings suggest ways to increase oil production for biofuels and industrial processes Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified key elements in the biochemical mechanism plants use to limit the production of fatty acids. The results suggest ways scientists might target those biochemical pathways to increase the production of plant oils as a renewable resource for biofuels and industrial processes. "Now that we understand how this...

2011-09-19 23:20:19

Single amino acid exerts 'remote control' over double bond placement by desaturase enzymes Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered how an enzyme "knows" where to insert a double bond when desaturating plant fatty acids. Understanding the mechanism – which relies on a single amino acid far from the enzyme's active site – solves a 40-year mystery of how these enzymes...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.