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  • Designer enzyme conquers sulfite reduction, a bottleneck in environmental cleanup

    Chemistry professor Yi Lu, left, and graduate student Evan Mirts have designed a new synthetic enzyme that reduces the compound sulfite to sulfide – a notoriously complex multistep chemical reaction that has eluded chemists for years.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes:

    Please click here to see a video about this research.

    To reach Yi Lu, call 217-333-2619; yi-lu@illinois.edu.

    The paper “A designed heme-[4Fe-4S] metalloenzyme catalyzes sulfite reduction like the native enzyme” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1126/science.aat8474