Scientists stitch up photosynthetic megacomplex

Scientists stitch up photosynthetic megacomplex

In Science, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis report on a new technique that allowed them to extract a photosynthetic megacomplex consisting of a light antenna and two reaction centers from the membrane of a cyanobacterium. This is the first time an entire complex has been isolated and studied as a functioning whole.

A chance to explore the hottest research topic in St. Louis

The International Society of Photosynthesis Research, meeting this August in St. Louis, is offering an afternoon of talks and demonstrations about the original “green” chemistry invented by bacteria and plants and its relevance to our energy future. Intended for teachers, students and the public, “Photosynthesis in our Lives” will take place from 3- 5 p.m. the afternoon of Sunday, August 11, 2013 in the Parkview room at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch.  RSVP to: by August 7, 2013.

Blankenship named Markey professor

Robert E. Blankenship, Ph.D., professor of biology and chemistry in Arts & Sciences, was installed as the first Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor March 6 in Holmes Lounge.