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Unread 2018-04-17, 10:58   #1
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"Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.

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The international team then tweaked the enzyme to see how it had evolved, but tests showed they had inadvertently made the molecule even better at breaking down the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic used for soft drink bottles. “What actually turned out was we improved the enzyme, which was a bit of a shock,” said Prof John McGeehan, at the University of Portsmouth, UK, who led the research. “It’s great and a real finding.”

The mutant enzyme takes a few days to start breaking down the plastic – far faster than the centuries it takes in the oceans. But the researchers are optimistic this can be speeded up even further and become a viable large-scale process." (More)
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PET Man.

I bet if one were so inclined one could start quite a ruckus on social media linking this story to the stories about the levels of plastic chemicals in our bodies...

...and what this little guy is going to do when it gets a taste for humans.
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...or God forbid...smartphones.

Apple will have to come out with the first wooden iPhone.
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then we'll go back to the time when debugging actually meant getting rid of bugs in our tech.

"did you get a virus? No, termites"
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