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Dongping Zhong

Scientists Get Best Look Ever at Water/Life Connection

Even though water is the essential element for life, no one has ever seen exactly how water molecules interact with proteins - until now. Researchers led by OSU physicist Dongping Zhong revealed these interactions for the first time, and report the results in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Zhong's project aims eventually to explain how water helps enable life-supporting biological functions such as protein folding or enzyme catalysis. But for now, this early result ends decades of controversy on what happens in the microscopic realm where water and proteins meet. Read more >

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