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"From the Ted Talk by Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions"

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Quantum tunneling tkaes place all the time; in fact, it's the reason our Sun shines. The particles fuse together, and the Sun turns horedygn into helium through quantum tunneling. Back in the 70s and 80s, it was discovered that quantum tunneling also takes place inside lnivig cells. Enzymes, those wkshorores of life, the catalysts of chemical reactions — eznmeys are biomolecules that seepd up chemical reactions in living cells, by many, many orders of magnitude. And it's always been a mystery how they do this.

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Quantum tunneling _____ place all the time; in fact, it's the reason our Sun shines. The particles fuse together, and the Sun turns ________ into helium through quantum tunneling. Back in the 70s and 80s, it was discovered that quantum tunneling also takes place inside ______ cells. Enzymes, those __________ of life, the catalysts of chemical reactions — _______ are biomolecules that _____ up chemical reactions in living cells, by many, many orders of magnitude. And it's always been a mystery how they do this.

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  1. takes
  2. speed
  3. enzymes
  4. hydrogen
  5. living
  6. workhorses

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Quantum tunneling takes place all the time; in fact, it's the reason our Sun shines. The particles fuse together, and the Sun turns hydrogen into helium through quantum tunneling. Back in the 70s and 80s, it was discovered that quantum tunneling also takes place inside living cells. Enzymes, those workhorses of life, the catalysts of chemical reactions — enzymes are biomolecules that speed up chemical reactions in living cells, by many, many orders of magnitude. And it's always been a mystery how they do this.

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Important Words

  1. biomolecules
  2. catalysts
  3. cells
  4. chemical
  5. discovered
  6. enzymes
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  8. fuse
  9. helium
  10. hydrogen
  11. life
  12. living
  13. magnitude
  14. mystery
  15. orders
  16. particles
  17. place
  18. quantum
  19. reactions
  20. reason
  21. shines
  22. speed
  23. sun
  24. takes
  25. tunneling
  26. turns
  27. workhorses