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Renewable resource: sulfur is used, replenished to produce lipoic acid


October 19, 2017

New research shows how a protein is consumed, then reconstituted, during the production of a compound required for converting energy from food into a form that can be used by our cells. The results could help scientists understand why humans with a fatal condition -- defects in an iron-sulfur carrier gene--have deficiencies in this lipoic acid compound. Full Story

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