Chemicals made with natural ingredients: bacteria
Bacteria can use natural chemicals to create complex molecules, including antibiotics, with special enzymes.
|Biomimetic Application Ideas|
|Green chemistry technique to create synthetic drugs without the use of man-made chemicals.|
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"A team led by Qian Cheng and Bradley Moore of Scripps was able to synthesize an antibiotic natural product created by a Hawaiian sea sediment bacterium. They did so by combining a cocktail of enzymes, the protein catalysts inside cells, in a relatively simple mixing process inside a laboratory flask…The antibiotic synthesized in Moore's laboratory, called enterocin, was assembled in approximately two hours. Such a compound would normally take months if not a year to prepare chemically." (Scripps News Service 2007)
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Green chemistry technique to create synthetic drugs without the use of man-made chemicals.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Medicine
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of Calfornia San Diego