November 14, 2008, 3:55 pm
How bleach kills bacteria
Bleach is used in houses around the world to clean, killing the bacteria, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. But what is the active molecule in bleach and how are the bacteria killed? Now scientists can explain.
Heat can also denature proteins - think of what happens when you heat egg white! Hsp33 is a Heat Shock Protein, produced in times of heat stress to protect the bacteria's proteins from destruction by heat. Heat shock proteins are found in many living organisms, from bacteria to humans!