Interesting article for two reasons
- It shows evolution in action – bacteria convert chitin digesting enzyme into a plastic digesting enzyme.
- Human genetic engineering has improved on evolution.
In The Guardian:
“The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis.
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…continue reading”