Third time lucky | The Economist
- Industrial biotech: A â€śthird waveâ€ť of biotechnology is arriving. Will it be able to avoid a poor reception from the general public this time around?
As with other forms of biotechnology, industrial biotech involves engineering biological molecules and microbes with desirable new properties. What is different is how they are then used: to replace chemical processes with biological ones. Whether this is to produce chemicals for other processes or to create products such as biopolymers with new properties, there is huge scope to harness biology to accomplish what previously needed big, dirty chemical factories, but in cleaner and greener ways.