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WATE-TV: ORNL and UT researchers work to protect people from deadly chemical gases

WATE-TV Anchor Lori Tucker spoke with Jeremy Smith, Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics and director of the UT/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Molecular Biophysics, about ongoing research to engineer enzymes to chemically transform sarin into harmless molecules. The end result could be A prophylactic treatment  to be taken before an attack, rendering the chemical

Scientists Solve Mercury Mystery

By identifying two genes required for transforming inorganic into organic mercury, which is far more toxic, UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists today have taken a significant step toward protecting human health. The question of how methylmercury, an organic form of mercury, is produced by natural processes in the environment has stumped scientists

Research Highlighted by American Physical Society

A piece by Jeremy Smith, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Molecular Biophysics, and Alexei Sokolov, Governor’s Chair for Polymer Science, is currently the spotlight on the American Physical Society’s Physics page. Entitled “Elastic and Conformational Softness of a Globula Protein,” the piece examines certain protein behaviors such as why protein flexibility sometimes increases dramatically with temperature.