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16/01/1875 German biochemist Leonor Michaelis is born

He is known for his work with Maud Menten on enzyme kinetics. They formulated the Michaelis–Menten equation which relates the reaction rate (speed of product formation) to the concentration of a substrate. It is a simplistic equation, but a useful one. Biochemical reactions involving a single substrate are often assumed to follow Michaelis–Menten kinetics.

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