Chiff.com

The web, reviewed by humans since 1999.






Science
Agriculture
Astronomy
Biology
Blizzards
Chemistry
Cloning
Dinosaurs
Earth Sciences
Earthquakes
Environment
Evolution
Fossils
Genetics
Global Warming
Hurricanes
Meteorology
Physics
Science Fair Projects
Science History
Science Jobs
Science Museums
Tornadoes
Tsunamis
Volcanoes

MAIN Arrow to ScienceScience

Better Living Through... Biotechnology
Bringing the Lab To Your Home

Biotechnology in your kitchen? Take a look at your dish detergents if you don't believe it.

The meeting of manufacturing and biotechnologyThis year's Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Conference focused on new products and developments that may leave you more than a little surprised at which products in your home are actually made with biotechnology.

Biotechnology is behind many of the medicines we use, the cleaning products in our homes and even the foods that we eat. Enzyme cleaners for contact lenses and sprays that take the odors out of clothes are all based on new and better understanding of biology and it's use in manufacturing new products, better known as biotechnology.

A new wave of biotech products were introduced at this year's Biotechnology Conference. Brent Erickson, of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, explained, "Everywhere in your home now, we're seeing products made with industrial biotechnology...Stain removers, and contact lense cleaners have enzymes in it now to get the proteins off of your contact lenses."

If it makes you a bit nervous to think about bioengineering at work on your dishes or contacts, you are not alone. Erickson assures us that industrial biotechnology is safe - and it's safer for the environment. "Detergents used to have polluting phosphates in them, now we add enzymes to make your clothes cleaner with lower wash temperatures."

"'Industrial Sustainability' is really about continuing manufacturing with cleaner processes, so we're not polluting the environment, but continuing our economic activity, and industrial biotechnology allows us to do that more efficiently and actually allows us to prevent pollution instead of cleaning it up after the fact."

The uses of biotechnology hold the promise of better treatments for cancer and other deadly diseases. Erickson says it won't be too long before we have cars running on biotechnology-derived fuel.

That sounds like a brighter, healthier, and more independent future for all of us.

 

also see in Science -> Biology

 

Sponsored Links

Sponsored Links

 
 

chiff.com

Privacy  |  Mission Statement  |  Contact us |  Sitemap

All contents copyright © Chiff.com 1999 - 2018