17 Apr '18, 6pm

This accidental discovery could help solve our plastic pollution crisis

This accidental discovery could help solve our plastic pollution crisis

Scientists have developed an enzyme that can break down plastic bottles — and the creation was a happy accident. An international team of researchers made the discovery while studying a natural enzyme that was believed to have evolved to eat plastic in a waste recycling center in Japan . The researchers modified the enzyme to analyze its structure, but instead accidentally engineered an enzyme that was even better at breaking down the plastic used for soft drink bottles, polyethylene terephthalate or PET. "Serendipity often plays a significant role in fundamental scientific research and our discovery here is no exception," said lead researcher, professor John McGeehan of the University of Portsmouth in the U.K., in a statement . "Although the improvement is modest, this unanticipated discovery suggests that there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer t...

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