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Pigment-making microbes could replace dirty synthetic dyes

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By Aviva Rutkin WHAT puts the colour in your clothes? At present, the answer is usually petrochemical dyes. Now a French start-up called Pili is offering a radically different approach: getting bacteria to make dyes in the lab, with sugars as the only raw material. Thomas Landrain and his co-founders at Pili hatched the idea three years ago at a biohacking lab in Paris called La Paillasse. They wanted to build a pen powered by bacteria: feed in sugar,