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Enzymes: A Fun Introduction
 

Enzymes: A Fun Introduction

What exactly are enzymes and how do they work? These proteins, which come in many shapes and sizes, speed up chemical reactions. Without enzymes, the reactions would be too slow to support life.

Check out this video look at how enzymes aid digestion and even prevent damage to your brain.

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How to Extract DNA from Anything Living

How to Extract DNA from Anything Living

Put enzymes (in the form of meat tenderizer) to work and extract DNA from a variety of vegetables and fruits. Make sure it's OK to use the blender. More...

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Genetic Science Learning Center
Digestive System

Digestive System

Enzymes play an important role in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. Discover how they help your digestive system with this collection of videos. More...

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NeoK12.com
Nano-Firefly Tech Could Make Lights that Need No Electricity

Nano-Firefly Tech Could Make Lights that Need No Electricity

Researchers have a new method for capturing firefly light. Investigate how technology fused with firefly enzymes might one day light Christmas displays without batteries or electrical outlets. More...

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Popular Science
Making Snotty Scents

Making Snotty Scents

It’s wet, sticky, and — to most people — best left up the nose. However, scientists think the enzymes in snot may play a key role in how we interpret smells. More...

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Science News for Students
Interactive Animal & Plant Cells

Interactive Animal & Plant Cells

What are the parts of a plant or animal cell and what does each part do? This interactive resource shows and tells. More...

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Quill Graphics
What Do the Enzymes Inside a Cell Do?

What Do the Enzymes Inside a Cell Do?

Anything made of cells contains enzymes. Explore the important role enzymes play and what happens when a type of enzyme is missing. More...

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Discovery
Turn Plants into Biofuel with the Power of Enzymes

Turn Plants into Biofuel with the Power of Enzymes

If you make your own biofuel, you'll never have to fill up at the pump. This project explores the role of enzymes in converting plants into ethanol fuel. More...

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Science Buddies
Activity: Yeast-Air Balloons

Activity: Yeast-Air Balloons

Baker's yeast is tiny — just one gram holds about 25 billion cells — but don't let that fool you. See firsthand what its enzymes can do with this simple experiment. More...

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Exploratorium
Enzyme Technology

Enzyme Technology

Making sweets, removing stains, and creating truly vegetarian cheeses are some of the ways these biological catalysts are used. Check it out. More...

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BBC
Enzymes: The Littlest Molecules that Bake Bread

Enzymes: The Littlest Molecules that Bake Bread

Chemist and baker Emily Buehler explains the role enzymes play in food chemistry by baking bread. More...

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Scientific American
Scientists Find Jobs Turning ‘Extremozymes’ Into Industrial Catalysts

Scientists Find Jobs Turning ‘Extremozymes’ Into Industrial Catalysts

See how biochemists and engineers are using the extremoyzmes found in sea vents and hot springs to speed up the reactions used to make food and detergents, drill for oil, and treat toxic waste. More...

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The Scientist Magazine
What Is an Extremophile?

What Is an Extremophile?

Organisms that live in extreme environments have enzymes that can function in harsh conditions. Find out how these could be helpful in products we use. More...

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NOAA

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