Leaking away essential resources isn’t wasteful, actually helps cells grow: Math reveals potential answer to persistent evolutionary mystery

ScienceDaily | Feb 17, 2020 at 7:41 PM
  • Previously, biologists could only say that leaking is an inherent property of cell membranes caused by fundamental rules of chemistry.
  • Researchers identified two such model chemical pathways with catalytic reactions that use enzymes to enhance the reaction rate.
  • In both mechanisms, leaking one essential upstream chemical component of the pathway allows the end product to be produced more efficiently.