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Lecture Supplement #7

   Submit your responses to the question below
on Canvas via the assignments tab:
​lecture supplemental question 7.
This assignment is available until
​ Tuesday, 10/3 at 9:30am. 

 logical, supported answers will be rewarded with up to 10 supplemental points added to your second lecture assessment.    

Ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase (also known as RuBisCo) is proposed to be the most abundant protein on Earth. Many enzymes facilitate thousands of reactions per second. But RuBisCO is slow, facilitating as few as 3 reactions per second. ​The rate at which RuBisCO operates is related to an increase in carbon dioxide concentration.

IN YOUR OWN WORDS,
​a. Explain the specific role RuBisCo plays in photosynthesis.
b. How specifically is the structure of RuBisCo related to its function?
c. Why does RuBisCo exhibit slower reaction rates than other enzymes?
d. Why is the rate at which RuBisCO operates related to an increase in carbon dioxide
      concentration?
e. There research being performed on the gene that codes for RuBisCo that might enhance the
    effectiveness of this protein. Why would this be beneficial to humans?