Extremophiles and biotechnology: Current uses and prospects

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Biotechnology has almost unlimited potential to change our lives in very exciting ways. Many of the chemical reactions that produce these products can be fully optimized by performing them at extremes of temperature, pressure, salinity, and pH for efficient and cost-effective outcomes. Fortunately, there are many organisms (extremophiles) that thrive in extreme environments found in nature and offer an excellent source of replacement enzymes in lieu of mesophilic ones currently used in these processes. In this review, I discuss the current uses and some potential new applications of extremophiles and their products, including enzymes, in biotechnology.




Coker, J. A. (2016). Extremophiles and biotechnology: Current uses and prospects. F1000Research. Faculty of 1000 Ltd. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.7432.1

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