Researchers at the University of Washington have genetically modified a common houseplant -- pothos ivy -- to remove chloroform and benzene from the air around it. Image: Mark Stone/University of Washington
A genetically modified plant to keep the air in your house clean - life short science news

Scientists have genetically modified the common houseplant pothos ivy to express the protein 2E1 to clean the air in your house from the toxic substances chloroform and benzene.

These compounds are present in small amounts in chlorinated water or in gasoline used in cars and lawn mowers.

The plants convert chloroform and benzene into useful substances that they can use for their own growth.

Read the full story: University of Washington
Scientific publication: Environmental Science & Technology

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