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- n. Plural form of hopanoid.
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It's a transporter, a little pump that the cell uses to secrete excess byproducts of its metabolism, in particular a class of lipids called hopanoids, which are steroid-like molecules.
One class, the hopanoids, were seen as representing the remains of ancient microbes that fed on seabed detritus.
Scientists show that carbon isotope values of hopanoids -- ... > read more