|A Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon
fluorescens HK44 is a genetically engineered microorganism that is designed to break down polyaromatic hydrocarbons(PAHs).
Polyaromatic hydrocarbons are things like benzene, napthalene, etc. They are formed through the incomplete burning of
organic substances such as coal, oil, gas, tobacco, etc. Testing has shown that PAHs are harmful to humans and animals.
They affect the skin, body fluids, and immune system and are recognized as skin carcinogens in humans and animals.
Pseudomonas fluorescens HK44 can
also degrade a variety of other contaminants. It's versatility is another reason that it is used as a bioremediation
agent. It is capable of using many contaminants, both synthetic and naturally occurring, as a source of both carbon