Saturday, May 21, 2016

Chemists settle longstanding debate on how methane is made biologically

Like the poet, microbes that make methane are taking chemists on a road less traveled: Of two competing ideas for how microbes make the main component of natural gas, the winning chemical reaction involves a molecule less favored by previous research, something called a methyl radical. Reported today the work is important for understanding not only how methane is made, but also how to make things from it.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily

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