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Researchers have developed a multiblock polymer that, when added in small amounts to a mix of the two otherwise incompatible polyolefins, creates a mechanically tough blend.
The researchers added a miniscule amount of their tetrablock (four-block) polymer to alternating segments of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP)—two incompatible plastics—creating a blend that reportedly has superior strength to the two-block polymers.
Synthetic biology, which combines the principles of computer science, engineering, and biology, has become established as an important discipline in the life sciences industry. As put by USC’s Leonardo Morsut: “Synthetic biology is…trying to bring the engineering approach of building things into biology.” In addition to its enormous potential for future applications, synthetic biology has significant near-term commercial opportunities. The list of new products and applications is growing. Applications include specialty chemicals, enzymes, synthetic genes and cells, as well as pharmaceuticals, agricultural seeds, vaccines, biofuels, and chassis microorganisms.
The battle cry against multidrug-resistant bacteria is loud and clear. Voices calling for novel antifungal agents are also rising, as fungi bolster the ranks of microbial infectious agents that are becoming increasingly drug resistant. Fungal infections are on the rise, many with lethal consequences. New proprietary research by BCC Research predicts that innovative antifungal drugs in development, along with a growing number of people with weakened immune systems and FDA fast-track provisions, are aiding growth in the global market for antifungal drugs. BCC Research expects the global market for antifungal drugs to reach $16.1 billion in 2021, up from $13.1 billion in 2016.