Biocatalyst for Change, Part I: The Potential for E. coli to Color Cosmetics


Editor’s note: The cosmetic industry’s knowledge of microbes and their potential applications has grown tremendously. One area of recent interest is the skin microbiome, which can be manipulated for desired effects. Another is the utilization of microbes for the sustainable and economical production of natural materials; such as the upstream production of cosmetic pigments described here. The processes presented here are at the forefront of innovation and their use holds potential for future marketing claims to appeal to environmentally conscious consumers.

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