Scientists Have Accidentally Created An Enzyme That Eats Plastic

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In the fight against global plastic pollution, ideas like this are a welcome addition.

Just two years ago, researchers stumbled across a mutant plastic-eating bacteria that had evolved in a Japanese trash dump . Now, scientists have harnessed the potential of this bacteria’s superpowers by accidentally creating an enzyme that’s able to digest commonly polluting plastics even more effectively, while studying it. The incredible enzyme could be used as a future solution to the millions of tonnes of plastic that enters the world’s oceans each year, which currently remain in the environment without breaking down for hundreds of years. “Few […]

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