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Plastic-eating bacteria shine

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  • Plastic-eating bacteria shine

    Though plastic-eating bacteria have previously been discovered, with the help of artificial intelligence, a better plastic-eating bacterium has been generated:

    Source: msn.com

    Professor Hal Alper, of The University of Texas at Austin, said: ‘The possibilities are endless across industries to leverage this leading-edge recycling process.

    ‘Beyond the obvious waste management industry, this also provides corporations from every sector the opportunity to take a lead in recycling their products.

    ‘Through these more sustainable enzyme approaches, we can begin to envision a true circular plastics economy.’

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    The enzyme is described in Nature – the world’s most prestigious science journal.

    Production is being scaled up to prepare for industrial and environmental applications.

    The US team have filed a patent and are eying several different uses. Cleaning up landfills and greening high waste-producing industries are the most obvious.

    But another key potential use is environmental remediation. The researchers are looking at a number of ways to clean up polluted sites.

    Prof Alper said: ‘When considering environmental clean-up applications, you need an enzyme that can work in the environment at ambient temperature. This requirement is where our tech has a huge advantage in the future.’

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    And from their paper in Nature:

    Source: Nature

    Collectively, our results demonstrate a viable route for enzymatic plastic recycling at the industrial scale.

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    Looks like they engineered something involving mutation and scaffold combinations.

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