Plastic-eating enzyme 'cocktail' heralds new hope for plastic waste

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Plastic-eating enzyme 'cocktail' heralds new hope for plastic waste

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Plastic-eating enzyme 'cocktail' heralds new hope for plastic waste
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The scientists who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme 'cocktail' which can digest plastic up to six times faster.

A second enzyme, found in the same rubbish dwelling bacterium that lives on a diet of plastic bottles, has been combined with PETase to speed up the breakdown of plastic.

PETase breaks down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) back into its building blocks, creating an opportunity to recycle plastic infinitely and reduce plastic pollution and the greenhouse gases driving climate change.

PET is the most common thermoplastic, used to make single-use drinks bottles, clothing and carpets and it takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment, but PETase can shorten this time to days.

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Sounds like good news for the environment, but it occurs to me it might be used for evil.
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Re: Plastic-eating enzyme 'cocktail' heralds new hope for plastic waste

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Killing off a warehouse full of Pepsi Zero is not evil! :)
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