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October 01, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 17)

Creating Modern Industrial Microbiology

Combination of Fermentation, Genetics, and Biotechnology Produced a Formidable Force

  • While fermentation has been important since prehistoric times, it really took off at the beginning of the 20th century when microorganisms were used to make organic acids. By the 1940s, antibiotic production had become the new application and this moved microbes to the forefront of industrial biology. From ...

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