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Saturday, March 2, 2013
Reasons to be Cheerful, Part IV
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Troy Wymore: appears to have found out something surprising concerning sarin ....Hmm... Demian Riccardi: has found out why mercury binds thiol groups. The traditional explanation was not correct. Jerome Baudry and Xiaolin Chemg: are publishing all sorts of stuff at a rate of knots. Hong Guo: has cemented the Shanghai relationship. Loukas Petridis: has simulations of biomass pretreatment that agree remarkably with experiment Tongye Shen and Hanna Qi: understand peptide folds in solution. Derek Cashman and Pavan Gatty: gave great talks last week. John Eblen: looks like he has a new deal sorted out. Dennis Glass and Benjamin Lindner: graduated! Hao-Bo Guo: figured out excited states for benzoic aromatic compounds. Liang Hong: got his third PRL here published. Amandeep Sangha: has a theory for lignin control. Sally Ellingson: has an Autodock manuscript written. Jason Harris: has a Biochemistry paper and more on the way Xiaohu Hu: appears to be working for his girlfriend now? Quentin Johnson and Ricky Nellas: have peptide results together. Roland Schulz: as a Gromacs megadeveloper, has a paper that is sure to be cited thousands of times. Jing Zhou: quickly got initial results on her cobalamine project. Emal Alekozai: has found a curious dipole effect in cellulose:cellulase interactions Jerry Parks and Alex Johs: Figured out how bacteria methylate mercury. You can find the paper describing the work in Sciencehere, and news reports here and here. For me, this brings home a lesson - that genomes as lists of letters are listless. Only when transformed into three-dimensional molecular architectures with chemical duties can gene function, and thus genomes, really be understood.