Natural Synthetic B12

June 28, 2020

Chemical synthesis of B12 is tedious and requires about 70 reactions. Microbes like bacteria can produce B12 more efficiently from scratch, or by using fragments via a 'salvage' pathway (analogous to assembling a car from junkyard parts). B12 manufacturers produce the world's supply in massive fermentation tanks containing B12 producing bacteria and only a handful are capable of doing so at large scale in these microbial bioreactors

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