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ATP Synthase Shows Reason for ‘Slippage’

The engine of life shows more engineering finesse with each new discovery.

Automatic Emergency Brake Found on Molecular Motor

In this article, guest writer Ross Anderson (PhD, biochemistry professor) discusses a new finding about how an ’emergency brake’ works in one of the most vital of all molecular machines, ATP synthase. First, he explains the molecular rotary motor and what it does. Review of “Extrinsic conditions influence the self-association and structure of IF1, the […]

Molecular Machines Show Same Design Principles as Big Machines

Life needs molecular machines before natural selection can even be considered as a possible Darwinian explanation for them.

Your Motor/Generators Are 100% Efficient

ATP synthase astounds again. The molecular machine that generates almost all the ATP (molecular “energy pellets”) for all life was examined by Japanese scientists for its thermodynamic efficiency. By applying and measuring load on the top part that synthesizes ATP, they were able to determine that one cannot do better at getting work out of a motor – a motor that is also a generator.
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