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Scientists discover bug that eats plastic

Submitted by on March 24, 2016 – 2:12 pm

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Proving once again that for every problem there is a solution, reported Japanese researchers have discovered a microorganism that literally eats plastic. The bacterium, now named Ideonella sakaiensis, has been shown to completely break down polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common type of plastic that makes up a huge proportion of all the plastic waste in the world, particularly in the ocean.  Research is now happening to discover whether the bug can be used to recycle plastic and reduce pollution.

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