Saturday , 1 October 2016

REDESIGNING DRUGS FOR BETTER BREAKDOWN IN THE ENVIRONMENT

When pharmaceuticals go down the drain—often in people’s waste—they can persist through wastewater treatment, reaching waterways and posing harm to fish and other aquatic creatures. Researchers have been working on ways to remove these micropollutants from wastewater, and now one team introduces a new approach: design replacement drugs that biodegrade once they reach the environment. The researchers modified a drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure into a form that should still be pharmacologically active but that breaks down more easily in wastewater treatment. http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/web/2015/09/Redesigning-Drugs-Better-Breakdown-Environment.html

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