Microbe fermentation unit for the production of hormones and enzymes for medical and industrial use. This is a method of solid state fermentation called tray or 'koji' fermentation, where recombinant microbes are grown on solid substrates, such as bran, in incubator trays. Recombinant microbes have been genetically engineered to produce a drug or enzyme; for example the human hormone insulin, or enzymes for use in the food industry. After fermentation in these units, the microbes are separated from the product, which is then purified. Photographed in 2004 at Biocon, a biotechnology company in Bangalore, India.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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