If one chemistry professor from Glasgow University has his way, you won’t even have to leave the house to go to the pharmacy — you’ll be able to “print” your drugs at home. Geek .com reports.
The system under development by Professor Lee Cronin is not a 3D printer as we understand it; the scale of organic chemistry is far too small for that. What is being described is a series of custom printed reaction chambers that could be used to synthesize pharmaceutical compounds. Along with the precisely-sized chambers, and a downloadable drug “app,” Cronin believes at-home drug production is possible.
The printers would require the input of a series of basic reactants, which the team is referring to as “chemical inks.” These would be simple organic molecules that can be modified to build useful compounds. Using the programming as a guide, the system could use the reaction chamber to synthesize the necessary drug from inks without the user’s intervention.
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