Mother Nature Likes Some Halogenated Compounds

  • Lowell P. Hager
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series


I note that the title of this Conference indicates GENETIC ENGINEERING OF MICROORGANISMS in large print and in small print, “for chemicals”. In this paper, you will have to be satisfied with the “for Chemicals” part of that title because we have not yet arrived at the genetic engineering phase. We soon hope to enter into genetic engineering especially with respect to the production of one of our halogenating enzymes and I will refer briefly to that at the end of this manuscript. I am sure you have seen the television commercials where Mother Nature, accompanied by flashes of lightning and loud noises says “Mother Nature likes this” or “Mother Nature doesn’t like that”. It was with that thought in mind that I arrived at a title for this paper. Most laymen and many scientists think only of industrial pollution and harmful chemicals when discussing roles for halogenated organic molecules in nature. However, I hope to persuade you that Mother Nature does like some halogenated compounds and indeed, has reserved halogenated compounds for some very special functions and purposes.


Marine Alga Fatty Acid Biosynthesis Iodine Atom Mother Nature Methyl Chloride 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lowell P. Hager
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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