Biological & Chemical Threats: Closing the Door

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Biological & Chemical Threats

Biological production of chemicals

Three biologically mediated methods of chemical production are currently under development. The first is “biocatalysis,” or the use of purified enzymes to catalyze, or accelerate, chemical reactions. This approach offers several benefits: enzymes make precise changes to target molecules and yield only biologically active products; they function optimally at body temperature and thus require less energy than standard catalysts; and they are environmentally friendly because they employ renewable starting materials and produce fewer toxic byproducts.  Given these advantages, the chemical and pharmaceutical industries will make greater use of biocatalysis in the coming years. When this technology becomes widespread, however, enzymes called halogenases might be misused to produce highly toxic chemicals containing chlorine or fluorine, including known chemical warfare agents.

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