The chitin found in crab and lobster shells is being used in a process that could lead to much cheaper antiviral drugs
Some of the bioreactors being used to cultivate the bioengineered Trichoderma fungus
One of the bioreactors being used to cultivate the bioengineered Trichoderma fungus
Crabs and lobsters ... they're not just for eating, anymore. Chitin, one of the main components of their exoskeletons, has recently found use in things such as self-healing car paint, biologically-compatible transistors, flu virus filters, and a possible replacement for plastic. Now, something else can be added to that list. Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology are developing a technique in which chitin is being used to cheaply produce a currently very-expensive source of antiviral drugs.
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