Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Researchers accidentally engineer plastic-eating enzyme


Researchers in the US and Britain have accidentally engineered an enzyme which eats plastic and may eventually help solve the growing problem of plastic pollution, a study said.

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth and the US Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory decided to focus on a naturally occurring bacterium discovered in Japan a few years ago.

The researchers' goal was to understand how one of its enzymes - called PETase - worked, by figuring out its structure.

"But they ended up going a step further and accidentally engineered an enzyme which was even better at breaking down PET plastics," said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/researchers-accidentally-engineer-plastic-eating-enzyme-10145492

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