March 13, 2015

Copenhagen chemists discover an unlikely connection

(March 13, 2015) As with magnets and alternating current, positively charged molecules never aim for one another. Indeed, similarly charged atoms are repelled. Nevertheless, a team from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Chemistry has managed to become the first to bond positively charged phosphorus atoms with positively charged hydrogen ones. Their insight may prove pivotal to understanding how biologically important molecules such as DNA and proteins form properly.

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