Plenty of Products

The sky's the limit when it comes to the number of new products that could result from genetic engineering. So what's in the works?

  • Monsanto is working on cotton genetically engineered to be naturally blue, so jeans wouldn't have to be dyed.
  • Monsanto is genetically engineering cotton that has fibers that don't twist, resulting in fabric that doesn't need to be ironed.
  • Another cotton is under development to produce a polyester-like fiber that is much warmer than the synthetic fiber.
  • Genetically engineered wheat may result in biodegradable plastic wrap, a low-calorie fat substitute and biodegradable cups and plates.
  • Korean scientists are working on poplar trees that produce plastic.

The list goes on and on. What products would you like to see developed? Would they benefit the environment? Could they harm it?

Source: Ag Biotech Infosource. "Saskatoon Researchers Hope to Turn Starch Into Gold." (Online.) September 2002.

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