Friday, December 1, 2017
Teaching life a new trick: Bacteria make boron-carbon bonds
In article on Science Daily, researchers have developed a way to genetically engineer a enzyme in a bacteria that would create chemical compounds containing bonds between boron and carbon. This is essential because there has been no known life form that can produce the boron-carbon bonds because the bonds would be usually created by chemists in laboratories. The findings is part of a new wave of synthetic biology, which living organisms are taught to make "greener"chemical compounds needed for pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and industrial products. Creating greener alternatives can be beneficial because they are more economical and would supposedly produce less toxic waste.
It is interesting how researchers are capable on creating more efficient and safer ways of producing chemicals from living organisms. This could be a new opening to more experiments like this, leading to synthetic made chemicals just from living organisms. With this, it could be possible that laboratory made chemicals could be abandoned or less depended on because of the toxins that are produced and for how much it costs to produce the chemicals. This could benefit many in pharmaceuticals and business.