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Plastic-eating Enzyme Accidentally Created By Scientists Could Help Solve Pollution Crisis
Apr 27, 2018

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'This is a potentially very useful technology to support recovery and recycling of plastics,' says expert


Scientists have created a substance capable of “eating” plastic that could help tackle the world’s 

Scientists have created a substance capable of “eating” plastic that could help tackle the world’s pollution problem.

The substance is based on an enzyme – a “biological catalyst” – first produced by bacteria living in a Japanese recycling centre that researchers suggested had evolved it in order to eat plastic.

Dubbed PETase for its ability to break down the PET plastic used to make drinks bottles, the enzyme accelerated a degradation process that would normally take hundreds of years.

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