Scientists Capture Snapshots of Water Splitting in Photosynthesis for the First Time Ever

July 10, 2014 11:15 AM

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What's so special about photosynthesis? It's the common process that every plant goes through, and it's crucial for life on Earth. Now, though, scientists have managed an extraordinary feat. They've taken the first snapshots of photosynthesis in action as it splits water into protons, electrons and oxygen.

Photosynthesis is one of the fundamental processes of life on Earth. If there was no photosynthesis, our planet would lack its oxygen-rich atmosphere. In fact, it's the "invention" of the water splitting process in Photosystem II (PSII) about 2.5 billion years ago that led to the atmospheric composi...

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