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Turning CO2 into drugs

Posted by Charles II on December 12, 2010

Propiolic acid

(Propiolic acid from Wikimedia)

Nanowerk News:

Scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), the world’s first bioengineering and nanotechnology research institute, have reported another breakthrough in their quest to develop green technologies for pharmaceuticals synthesis. They have devised a new environmentally friendly technique to transform carbon dioxide, an abundant and renewable carbon source, into highly functionalized propiolic acids, which are basic building blocks for the synthesis of a wide range of pharmaceuticals such as cholesterol-reducing drugs and peptidomimetic and other small molecule inhibitors that may be used, for example, to kill cancer cells.

Basically, acetylene + CO2 —> propiolic acid in the presence of a catalyst.

So, exactly why is this advance coming out of… Singapore?

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3 Responses to “Turning CO2 into drugs”

  1. Wonder if it might be because Singapore is much like the Netherlands in that much of its land mass is actually reclaimed land that is near if not below sea level (and which is therefore vulnerable to sea levels rising as a result of human-induced climate change)?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Singapore

    Regardless of the reason, I’m glad someone’s doing this. I’ve always believed that when someone found a way to turn a profit off of removing excess CO2 from the atmosphere, that would be what triggered an effective rollback of AGW.

  2. Maybe now the Koch brothers will lay off the antiscience crap? http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2010/12/explaining_global_climate_chan.php

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