Chemists propose using ground-up earthworms (literally) as catalysts for chemical reactions.

Organic chemists are always looking for the next great catalyst — basically, ingredients that speed up the rate of chemical reactions. Here, a group of Chinese chemists make an unusual suggestion: using ground-up earthworms as a catalyst for a range of important reactions. Presumably, proteins and/or molecules in the earthworm extracts were responsible for the catalysis, and they actually work pretty well  (perhaps too well, according to our chemist sources…). Why earthworms? Because they

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