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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Photosynthetic structure enlightened

For the first time, scientists have obtained a detailed map of one of biology's most important light detectors, a protein known as phytochrome found in many plants. By resolving its three-dimensional structure, scientists can now tease out the secrets of how plants react to light. Their discovery may one day lead to such things as plants whose growth, flowering and death can be precisely manipulated. more @