Diamond Trees?

From: Eugene Leitl (eugene.leitl@lrz.uni-muenchen.de)
Date: Mon Jan 24 2000 - 17:41:22 MST

John Clark writes:
> On the other hand there may well be a very good fundamental reason
> why a protein could never do such a thing and I'm just unaware of it.

You can't have a radical mechanism, and the grown front limits
interaction sterically (where there is diamond, there is nothing but
diamond). You need a lot of complementary surface for sufficient
interaction energy, and you don't have a defined binding site (or
rather too many binding sites). When you make or break C-C bonds, the
reactive center envelops the chain completely.

Sorry, no cages for you, at least not cages in excess of 3 C atoms

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