Industrial microbiology

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Science  27 Nov 1981:
Vol. 214, Issue 4524, pp. 987-995
DOI: 10.1126/science.6946560


Industrial microbiology has served humanity since prebiblical times, providing fermented beverages and foods to enhance the quality of life. The antibiotic era featured an explosion in the number of microbial products for medicine, nutrition, industry, and research. Revolutionary developments in molecular genetics are propelling the field into a new growth phase with promise of solutions to major world problems.

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