When Painkillers Hurt
It is well known that microplastics have become a real concern in water systems for biologists around the world, however, other micropollutants also challenge water treatment plants. Drug ingredients, such as Diclofenac, are in common use in pain relieving ointments due to the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, as well as the advantage of local use. This makes it very popular with doctors and patients.
Due to overuse, Diclofenac, as well as many other micropollutants, accumulates in wastewater and thus contaminates the environment. The current treatment in sewage plants is expensive and complex. Our vision is to make this process efficient and inexpensive through genetic engineering.
Together we want to create a cleaner, healthier environment.