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Laser Reveals Photosynthetic Processes

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Scientists have used an ultrafast laser to study a photosynthetic complex — arguably the most important bit of organic chemistry on the planet — in its complete functioning state. When sunlight strikes a photosynthesizing organism, energy flashes between proteins just beneath its surface until it is trapped as separate electric charges. These tiny hits of energy are literally the sparks of life, eventually powering the growth and movement of all plants and animals. The photosynthetic megacomplex from a cyanobacterium, which scientists have managed to isolate in its...Read full article

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