Water, water everywhere – but is it essential to life?

Water, water everywhere – but is it essential to life? – New research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key beliefs in chemistry: that proteins are dependent on water to survive and function. The team’s findings, published this month in Chemical Science, could eventually lead to the development of new industrial enzymes. Reference: ‘Hyper-thermal stability and unprecedented re-folding of solvent-free liquid myoglobin,’ by A. Brogan et al, Chemical Science DOI: 10.1039/C2SC20143G