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    Can someone explain what thermophilic enzymes are (simply) and explain why they are useful??
    And... 3 ways of how are they used in the industry!
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    Can someone explain what thermophilic enzymes are (simply) and explain why they are useful??
    And... 3 ways of how are they used in the industry!
    Thanks :cool:
    Well, thermophilia means an inclination towards living in a higher than normal temperature. So thermophilic enzymes are those enzymes which can survive heat and work even under high temperatures without getting denatured.
    As for their uses, I can give you a hint, and you can search it from there: In biotechnological procedures such as Polymerase Chain Reaction, we need to separate the two strands of DNA and then replicate them. For replication, we normally require an enzyme called DNA polymerase. This functions at the normal body temperature of 37 degrees. But in PCR, the temperature of the system is high--nearly 70-80 degrees. So we use a thermophilic enzyme, called Taq polymerase (due to its origin from thermophilic bacteria Thermus aquaticus) to carry out replication of DNA for us here.
 
 
 
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