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Biotechnology to Build our Modern World

Biotechnology to Build our Modern World

The 20th century was the age of the fossil-based economy. Petroleum overtook coal and we built factories to manufacture the things we needed to modernize our world. But today, our global dependence on petroleum for everything from fuel to plastics to everyday household goods is unsustainable.

So we have turned to biotechnology—the use of living systems and organisms to make products—to convert renewable raw materials into the energy and products needed for society to thrive.

How it Works:

A traditional factory requires energy—usually in the form of fossil-based fuel such as oil or coal—to manufacture products. Single-celled microorganisms, or microbes, also need energy, such as renewable sugars from plant sources. By altering the chemical reactions that take place inside of microbes—or their metabolic pathways—we are able to program them to produce a variety of different products.

This ability to engineer proteins and microbes, then produce them at industrial scale and economics, is the cornerstone of industrial biotechnology.

How it Works:

Tiny Enzymes, Big Impact

An enzyme is a protein found in the cells of every living thing, from microbes, to plants, to people. Learn how enzymes work in nature, and how they make our work possible.

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Biotechnology in Your Laundry Detergent: Protein Engineering

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In the News

Around the globe, our cell factories are producing results for our customers - and for our future.

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