01 Jul '11, 2pm

Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic

Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic

It goes without saying that these discoveries need to be tested to ensure, for instance, that the byproducts of organic decomposition are not carcinogenic (as in the case with mammalian metabolism of styrene and benzene ). The processing of plastics by these methods would also have to be contained in highly controlled environments. So, no, we're not talking about a magic panacea or a plastic-free paradise, but the innovative application of microorganisms to break down our most troublesome waste products is nevertheless a major scientific breakthrough.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/...

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