Enzymes are a crucial pillar of industrial biotechnology.
The global market for industrial enzymes has been growing, and is projected to hit US$7.1bil (RM22.5bil) by 2018.
Unfortunately, the main suppliers benefitting from this are based in Europe, North America, Japan, Russia and China.
Malaysia, like many other countries, relies on imports. Molecular biologist Prof Dr Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abdul Rahman wants to change that. Her forte is the elucidation of the structure and function of proteins – the most basic units of biological machinery.
When proteins function as catalysts for specific chemical reactions, they are known as enzymes.
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