Plants are icons of sustainability. They create critical products for other living organisms while utilizing waste products.
Plants mine energy from a primary source (sun) and transform that energy into a secondary source (sugar).
So how did the paper determine that photosynthesis has an “overall simplicity,” despite the complexity just described?
According to Erika DeBenedictis, “one of the big limitations of biology are the basic building blocks themselves.”
I will begin with an example from embryology, then turn to metabolism, and finish with the breadth of chemical space covered by the natural amino acids.