The 2016 Nobel prize for medicine goes to work on biological recycling

The 2016 Nobel prize for medicine goes to work on biological recycling
 

LONG before the green movement existed, evolution discovered the virtues of recycling. Cells cannot afford to waste materials, so they disassemble worn-out components for reuse. This happens in subcellular structures called lysosomes, which are bubble-like vesicles filled with digestive enzymes and surrounded by fatty membranes.
Moreover, in an emergency, even components that are still working may be recycled in this way to provide energy needed to keep a starving cell alive, rather as someone facing extremely cold weather may choose to burn his furniture rather than freeze to death. The... read more

 
3 October 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 37
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