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Water has two structures because the state of the hydrogen bonds are different. This might explain how life on early earth evolved and explain how proteins form.
But there's more to water than what meets the eye. It does more than just quench our thirst. In our bodies, it actually plays a huge role in the structure of proteins.
For the first time, scientists used computer models to show that water exists as two different structures. (The picture of the right shows the different states of the hydrogen bonds found in water molecules).
European researchers decided to make a computer model of water, in the same way they'd map the spread of infectious viruses.
When they did, the researchers found two structures. One was loose and blob-like. The other was tight and more crystal-like.
But the water didn't stay like that. Instantly, the structures could morph into the other one. So the scientists think the different structures help atoms like carbon stick to it, which in turn help build complex organic molecules.
Physicist Peter Hamm of the University of Zürich in Switzerland said to Science: "It is becoming clearer and clearer [that] water is more than just a solvent, but actually an integral part of the functional structure of proteins."
However, it will take much more time to fully understand water.
What is the structure of water?
And provided this answer:
Researchers continue to tussle over how many bonds each H2O molecule makes with its nearest neighbors.
Oct 12, 2010
I was going to (blug) point out something here, but (blug) it got (blug) converted into a (blug) water-based protein (blug).
What chemicals are in your city's water and what is the water processing plant taking out of the water that you drink. Is the bottled water you are drinking still good for you or is it sterile?