did genetic engineering get mixed up in laundry detergent? Genencor,
a large manufacturer, does a lot of research on ways to use genetic
engineering to replicate natural processes, then put those processes
to work in products. Laundry detergent is one of their products
that utilizes genetic engineering.
bacteria produce enzymes that make great cleaning agents.
genes that control the production of those enzymes can be spliced
into a host organism that is easily grown in industrial-size batches.
- Once these organisms have the new gene in place, they begin
producing the desired enzyme.
enzymes are more effective and less harsh on the environment than
phosphates, their chemical counterparts in laundry detergent
genetically engineered enzymes replace the harsh chemical phosphates
in the detergent.