Engineered Microbes Can Take a Bite Out of Plastic Waste

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Takeaways:

  • Scientists in the US are looking at ways to recycle plastic with chemicals and genetically engineered microbes.
  • The scientists pour a chemical catalyst on a mixture of plastics which produces a mix of different, smaller molecules.
  • The mixture is fed to soil bacteria known for eating petroleum-based chemicals such as toluene.

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