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enzymes

Post by canan5000 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:05 am

The question that I have pondered for a very long time and is fascinating and frustrating at the same time is "Are enzymes alive?"

The reason that this has perplexed me is that enzymes a.k.a proteins are fundamentally a long chain of molecules folded together that catalyze reactions, but unlike other organic molecules they can replicate and repair as needed, and I have not seen any other organic molecule no matter how complex do this. Example you cannot take a vial of methane, and urea an leave it to its own devices and expect it replicate or propagate any biological function, but you can have a vial of enzyme throw in its correct substrate and watch the magic. At what point does a molecule stop having a function and start to have purpose.

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Post by mith » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:31 am

It doesn't reproduce itself and it doesn't consume
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
~Niebuhr

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