Do we underestimate the importance of water in cell biology?

@article{Chaplin2006DoWU,
  title={Do we underestimate the importance of water in cell biology?},
  author={M. Chaplin},
  journal={Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={7},
  pages={861-866}
}
  • M. Chaplin
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine
  • Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology
Liquid water is a highly versatile material. Although it is formed from the tiniest of molecules, it can shape and control biomolecules. The hydrogen-bonding properties of water are crucial to this versatility, as they allow water to execute an intricate three-dimensional 'ballet', exchanging partners while retaining complex order and enduring effects. Water can generate small active clusters and macroscopic assemblies, which can both transmit information on different scales. 
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