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A Surprising New Kind of Proton Transfer

March 18, 2012

nucleic acid structure Common wisdom has it that protons only travel between molecules via hydrogen bonds: No hydrogen bonds, no proton transfer. Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source and their colleagues at the University of Southern California, investigating molecular components of RNA, were surprised to find that protons can find ways to transfer even when hydrogen bonds are blocked. Full Story

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DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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