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The Floating Catalyst

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Publication 10888

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Almost all chemical reactions that take place in living organisms are catalyzed by enzymes—nature’s catalysts. A typical enzyme may make a chemical reaction occur about one million times faster than it would without a catalyst. This demonstration looks at the reaction of catalase, which catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in plant and animal tissues.