Latest Nitrogenase Stories
Like a shadowy character just hidden from view, a mystery atom in the middle of a complex enzyme called nitrogenase had long hindered scientists' ability to study the enzyme fully.
In the vast ocean where an essential nutrientâ€”ironâ€”is scarce, a marine bacterium that launches the ocean food web survives by using a remarkable biochemical trick: It recycles iron.
The cyanobacteria are famous for releasing the oxygen that made Earth the hospitable planet we know today, but some strains also have a hidden talent for producing hydrogen gas.
Researchers report that they have discovered â€“ and now know how to exploit â€“ an unusual chemical reaction mechanism that allows malaria parasites and many disease-causing bacteria to survive.