I heard on some shitty tumblr post that there is an enzyme that accelerates the rate on an chemical reaction from (something like) 10000 yrs to 0.01 seconds. Anyone know anything about this?
OMP decarboxylase you dumb faggot
>To put this in perspective, a reaction that would take 78 million years in the absence of enzyme takes 18 milliseconds when it is enzyme catalyzed.
reaction rates do not have units of time. Simple reaction rates have units of molecules per time. The idea is not incorrect, as many reactions which are catalyzed by enzymes, while entropically favored, occur so slowly in the absence of the enzyme that they essentially do not happen. ie. it would take thousands of years to produce the same amount of product A from reactant B without the enzyme that the enzyme can produce in fractions of a second. Really all this means is that the reaction doesn't happen (on a biological timescale) without the enzyme, and with the enzyme it happens very fast.
>reaction rates do not have units of time
all reaction rates have units of time you doosh. they also need to include some unit convertable to mass, such as moles or molecules or what not. its all per unit time tho.