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SCI­EN­TISTS in Britain and the US have en­gi­neered a plas­tic-eat­ing en­zyme that could ul­ti­mately help in the fight against pol­lu­tion. The en­zyme is able to di­gest poly­eth­yl­ene tereph­tha­late, or PET — a form of plas­tic used in mil­lions of tonnes of plas­tic bot­tles.

Uni­ver­sity of Portsmouth and the US Depart­ment of En­ergy’s Na­tional Re­new­able En­ergy Lab­o­ra­tory re­searcher made the dis­cov­ery while ex­am­in­ing a nat­u­ral en­zyme thought to have evolved in a waste re­cy­cling cen­tre in Japan.

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