Bolstering Biocatalysis | July 29, 2013 Issue - Vol. 91 Issue 30 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 91 Issue 30 | pp. 34-35
Issue Date: July 29, 2013

Bolstering Biocatalysis

Advance in chiral amine synthesis positions engineered enzymes for an enhanced role in organic synthesis
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry, Sustainability
News Channels: JACS In C&EN, Organic SCENE
Keywords: biocatalysis, enzyme, chiral amine, drug discovery, enantiomer, organic synthesis

When you pop a prescription medicine into your mouth, chances are pretty good that the active ingredient derives its healing power from a chiral amine unit in the molecular structure. This fact may not interest you because you’re probably focused on getting well or preventing getting sick. But to the chemists behind the scenes, the fact that up to 45% of all the molecules they are developing into drugs contain a chiral amine is a . . .

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