Carbon Dioxide Extraction of Biomolecules

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Science  02 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5249, pp. 613
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5249.613


Carbon dioxide has become an important environmentally safe solvent for chemical processing, but many biomolecules are insoluble in it. In his Perspective, Beckman describes work reported in this issue of Science by Johnston et al. (p. 624) in which a fluoroether surfactant was used to create micelles—little pockets of water that contain the biomolecules—that are soluble in CO2.