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Plastic-eating protein created in British lab could spark recycling revolution, researchers claim

Plastic-eating protein created in British lab could spark recycling revolution
Date: 
17 Apr 2018

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United Kingdom

A plastic-eating protein grown in a British laboratory could revolutionise recycling and prevent thousands of tonnes of non-biodegradable waste clogging up landfill sites and the world’s oceans. The enzyme, created by accident during tests by researchers from Portsmouth University, is the first known protein capable of digesting polyethylene, one of the most commonly used plastics for consumer goods.

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