Scientists turn harmful global warming gas into cure for fatal disease with 3D printed reactor

Scientists turn harmful global warming gas into cure for fatal disease with 3D printed reactor

Chemists at the University of Graz in Austria have invented a way of converting fluoroform, a harmful waste gas produced from the chemical production of Teflon, into eflornithine, a drug used to treat sleeping sickness, using a 3D printed stainless steel continuous flow reactor. Sleeping sickness, AKA African trypanosomiasis, has a mortality rate close to 100% when untreated. Estimates are that 50,000 to 500,000 people die from this disease every year. The continuous flow process is especially valuable because it usefully converts the fluoroform, which would otherwise have been burned off, without any waste products between the steps of […]

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