PLASTIC DIGESTING ENZYME FOUND

Interesting article for two reasons

  1. It shows evolution in action – bacteria convert chitin digesting enzyme into a plastic digesting enzyme.
  2. 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