(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new function in a plant enzyme that could inspire the design of new chemical catalysts. The enzyme catalyzes, or initiates, one of the cornerstone chemical reactions needed to synthesize a wide array of organic molecules, including those found in lubricants, cosmetics, and those used as raw materials for making plastics.

Original source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/dnl-nff120919.php