17 Apr '18, 1pm

Scientists Accidentally Develop 'Mutant' Enzyme That Eats Plastic

Scientists Accidentally Develop 'Mutant' Enzyme That Eats Plastic

Scientists Accidentally Develop 'Mutant' Enzyme That Eats Plastic Researchers in the UK and the U.S. have inadvertently engineered an enzyme that eats up plastic . The enzyme is able to digest PET (polyethylene terephthalate)—the same material used in the ubiquitous plastic bottle that's clogging up landfills, coastlines and oceans around the world. Amazingly, this discovery only happened by chance. Scientists from the University of Portsmouth in the UK and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) were examining the structure of a natural enzyme, Ideonella sakaiensis , found in 2016 at a Japanese waste recycling center. This enzyme could already break down PET plastic—it just doesn't do it very quickly. To understand how Ideonella sakaiensis evolved, the research team "tweaked " the structure of the enzyme by adding some amino acids, acco...

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