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QUANTUM GROUP ANNOUNCES THE WORLD'S FIRST COMMERCIALIZED ARTIFICIAL ENZYME

 QUANTUM GROUP ANNOUNCES THE WORLD'S
 FIRST COMMERCIALIZED ARTIFICIAL ENZYME
 SAN DIEGO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Group Inc. of San Diego announced the world's first commercialized artificial enzyme. The artificial enzyme, which is manufactured using biotechnology, can be used as a sensor to detect carbon monoxide (CO).
 The carbon monoxide sensor is an artificial enzyme which mimics the human body's response to carbon monoxide. The new sensor actually simulates how hemoglobin, a human enzyme, takes up and releases carbon monoxide. In the body, it is the accumulation of CO that causes harm. It is hemoglobin in our red blood cells that picks up CO 200 times faster than they attract oxygen, and they give it up very slowly. Thus the CO content of the blood depends on both the amount of CO in the air and the time duration of the exposure. The Artificial Enzyme yields many advantages over hemoglobin, e.g., it operates over a very wide range of temperatures -- minus 40 degrees Celsius to plus 70 degrees Celsius -- while hemoglobin works over a narrow range of only a few degrees, it responds to CO faster and changes color making the response easy to monitor.
 Early warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are often mistaken for the flu. Michael Dolan, M.D., "reported in the Annals of Emergency Medicine 1987 that 23.6 percent of those with flu-like symptoms actually had carbon monoxide poisoning."
 CO is the major killer invading our homes and business. Acute carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for thousands of deaths each year (about 1,500 non-fire related and more than 3,000 in fires) and 10,000 to 20,000 serious injuries annually. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, chronic carbon monoxide poisoning is widespread and often goes undetected or misdiagnosed. Chronic CO exposure is a major indoor air pollution problem. It is a major factor in fatigue, headaches, mental problems, cardiovascular disease and other serious ailments.
 Homes, schools, hospitals, factories, warehouses and offices can now be upgraded to provide warning against the invisible intruder that kills or injures thousands of people each year.
 Carbon monoxide poisoning is also the leading cause of fire fatalities. In many cases the victims are overcome by CO before they can respond to the warning from a smoke alarm. During a fire, CO molecules are capable of migrating ahead of smoke, resulting in a danger that cannot be detected by smoke alarms. Between 3,000 and 4,000 people fall victim to this deadly gas in fire-related accidents each year.
 The newly patented sensor is highly specific for carbon monoxide and is unique in responding to the actual hazard. The sensor is able to ignore harmless fluctuations in CO levels as well as other household fumes which could cause false alarms.
 The new 9-volt battery-powered CO alarm is known as COStar Model 9A-1. COStar Model 9A-1 offers the security of knowing that combustion appliances such as water heaters, furnaces, ranges, room heaters and fireplaces are working properly and not filling the indoor air with colorless, odorless, tasteless and highly toxic carbon monoxide (CO) gas.
 The new carbon monoxide alarm is available directly from the Quantum Group by calling 800-432-5599.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Goldstein of Quantum Group, 619-457-3048/ CO: Quantum Group Inc. ST: California IN: HOU SU: PDT


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