Mining bacterial genomes for hidden pharmaceutical treasure

Mining bacterial genomes for hidden pharmaceutical treasure

CHAMPAIGN, US: In the fight against disease, many weapons in the medicinal arsenal have been plundered from bacteria themselves. Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, researchers have now uncovered even more potential treasure hidden in silent genes. A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois and colleagues at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore used CRISPR technology to turn on unexpressed, or “silent,” gene clusters in Streptomyces. Read More

Archroma unveils deposit control innovation for papermaking

REINACH, SWITZERLAND: Archroma said that it has launched Cartaspers PLH liquid, a single-product breakthrough enabling easy and highly effective control of pitch and stickies deposition especially in soft water pulp and papermaking environments. Pulp mill tests already report easier application, better performance and significant cost savings compared to alternative deposit control systems. Pitch, occurring from natural resins in virgin pulp, and stickies in recycled paper fibres, pose a major challenge. Read More

Powder coatings market witnessing rapid transformation and increased demand

Globally, one of the major challenges of the paints and coatings industry has been to minimise the amount of toxins, wastes and air emissions in the entire life cycle without compromising the exterior look and feel. The paint and coatings industry has been aggressively trying to make its products environmental friendly with low hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions but with high durability and better finish. Becoming one of the most sought after technology in the industry. Read More

Evonik unveils new antimicrobial agent for poultry processing

PARSIPPANY, US: Evonik Corporation said that its Peraclean 22 CW was recently approved for use in meat and poultry processing by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Peraclean 22 CW, a peracetic acid, is an environmentally friendly, antimicrobial agent approved for use in a number of intervention points including both online and offline reprocessing spray, wash, rinse, chiller or scald, and other process water for whole or cut meat and poultry carcasses. Read More