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Melvin Calvin Colleague Andrew Benson Explains C3 Cycle Discovery

How plants use carbon dioxide is at the heart of biology, but it wasn’t until Andrew Benson got together with Berkeley Lab’s Melvin Calvin in the years following World War II, that the process was elucidated. Ernest Lawrence saw the research potential of carbon-14, a radioactive isotope that became available after the war, and encouraged Calvin to apply it to photosynthesis. Calvin, in turn, hired Benson. The pair conducted seminal work on the problem from 1946 to 1954, and, together with many collaborators, revealed how CO2 functions in plants. More>

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