Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist: Part: Part 525

The results presented by Abe indicated that at high concentrations, SOD seemed to undergo a reversal of radiation-induced inactivation after storage for a few days. Noting that each SOD molecule is made up of two identical short cylinders joined end to end by weak bonds, the tendency of any thinking chemist would be to initially interpret SOD’s return to viability in terms of a concentration-dependent model where damaged short cylinders (monomers) in a pool of damaged SOD are exchanged with undamaged ones to make up healthy cylinder pairs (called dimers). However, our neutron measurements yielded no evidence of isolated monomers.

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