A plastic eating enzyme could solve or major plastic waste crisis
How cool is this - a plastic eating enzyme developed accidentally - short science articles - technology

First discovered in Japan in 2016, scientists have accidentally created a mutant enzyme which breaks down plastic and also overperforms its natural variant. The bacteria Ideonella sakaiensis breaks down polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is a major component of plastic using the enzyme PETase. The new mutant variant was created by accident when scientists were trying to tweak the natural enzyme. PET usually takes centuries to naturally break down and the enzyme enables its break down in a matter of days. This could be the answer to our massive plastic problem.

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Scientific publication: PNAS