The Potentials of Biochemical Engineering in Industrial Development

Layokun, S. K. (8/11/1998)


The exploitation of micro-organisms is at the heart of biochemical engineering practice. The new science of molecular biology has produced a remarkable outpouring of new ideas and powerful techniques. From this revolution has sprung, in particular, a new discipline, called genetic engineering which gives us the power to alter living organisms for important purposes in medicine, agriculture and industry. The resulting biotechniques span the range from the ancient art of fermentation principles (about 7,000 BC) to the new esoteric use of gene splicing and monoclonal antibodies.