Properties of liquids made from modified water models

Ruth M. Lynden-Bell, Pablo Gaston Debenedetti

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Life on earth developed in liquid water, and its properties are therefore critically important to the physical and chemical processes necessary for the maintenance and perpetuation of living organisms (Franks, 2000). Water participates in four major classes of biological reactions: oxidation, photosynthesis, hydrolysis, and condensation. It is key to the stabilization of biologically signicant structures of proteins, nucleotides, carbohydrates, and lipids (Franks, 1983, 1985). In most animals, blood-an aqueous medium-transports oxygen and nutrients to cells and disposes of carbon dioxide. In plants, a watery uid, sap, transports mineral nutrients and water upward from the root system. Cells being roughly 80% water by weight, processes such as protein synthesis occur in aqueous solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWater and Life
Subtitle of host publicationThe Unique Properties of H2O
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781439803578
ISBN (Print)9781439803561
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Chemistry


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