The power of weak bonds

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Animation of a rotating DNA structure.DNA, as well as proteins, are the most complex and most amazing molecules in the world. They are live, with many functions, which makes life itself possible. However, their primary structure are not live, they are simply big molecules. What makes them live and functional is secondary and tertiary structures, which twist and bend them into complex 3D structures, necessary for performing functions. And here is interesting thing, these secondary and tertiary structures are formed by “hydrogen bonds”—special type of bonds, involving hydrogen atom. These bonds are flexible, easy to form and easy to break, and are weak, some 20 times weaker than regular bonds of primary structure.

This pretty much remind me the development work—how could we nurture these weak but lean bonds to perform societal function necessary for achieving better life?

 

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