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.
The gray wolf’s reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park in the 1990s has been a success story of a carnivore’s rewilding helping an entire ecosystem. If you’re lucky, you can spot a gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park. But a century ago, you’d have been hard pressed to find any […]
Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first […]