It's time of year when we spend more time inside. And while we remain warm and comfortable, it means less air flow and potentially extra-long exposure to harmful poisons inside our home. You may think "but the air of my house is clean." The fact is that these toxins are not always noticed by our senses and indecent, coming from our tools, cleaning supplies, and tools. For example, chloroform can enter the house through chlorinated water, and the benzene may come from gasoline through your shower as well as from boiling hot water. So it's best to assume they are here and have acted.
Scientists at the University of Washington do just that. Coming to an interest in finding ways to remove chloroform and benzene (toxic compounds linked to cancer) from the house, scientists engineered a houseplant changed to rabbit DNA and found that it was successful at reducing levels of pollutant.
First, they set out to create what Stuart Strand, a senior study author, called a "green liver." They are concentrated in protein 2E1, which helps the liver to break the wine. Recognizing that this protein is also present in rabbits, they introduced the rabbit gene that produces protein in the pothos ivy plant.
On Wednesday, a new study published in Environmental Science and Technology, reported the hybrid The plant was successful in reducing chloroform and benzene. They saw regular plants and plants with bunny DNA in pollutants and found that the hybrid plant had reduced benzene to the tube by 75 percent in eight days and the chlorine level to 82 percent in three days.
Scientists are researching whether they can use the same formula to combat other common household toxins such as formaldehyde, which is present in some wooden floors and cabinets.
While this is a groundbreaking study, Strand teaches that it is not enough to have this plant sitting in your home in the air anyway. The plant has the perfect part of an air filter that will purify the air that a fan attaches. This technology has not yet been developed, but if created, the next wave of air filters can be truly a breath of fresh air.
There is more research to be done to determine the technology needed to effectively use the hybrid plant and how it looks at our homes, but as we continue to expand the wellness conversation to include our home environment, this is undoubtedly an exciting discovery.
While the hybrid plant is not available to the public anymore, at this time, you want to crack a window in your home for a few minutes, discard products with volatile organic compounds, and really buy a houseplant (even if it has no superhuman powers yet).