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Old 04-11-2020, 02:17 AM
 
Location: PRC
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An engineered PET-depolymerase to break down and recycle plastic bottles

This is good news, we need something like that and it is relatively cheap too. It will probably help clean up the oceans.

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the development of a novel enzyme, which can biologically depolymerize all polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic waste, followed by an extremely efficient recycling into new bottles. PET is the most common thermoplastic polymer and is used to manufacture bottles, polyester clothing fibers, food containers, and various thermoformed packaging and components. Carbios’ recycling process, the first of its kind, initiates a real transition to a circular economy and can better prevent plastic pollution from harming our oceans and planet. This innovative technology also paves the way for recycling PET fibers, another major challenge in guaranteeing a clean and protected environment for future generations.
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Old 04-11-2020, 09:24 AM
 
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I read this with a bit of a shudder, as I remember an obscure science fiction novel named Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters from about 1970. A bacterium gets loose globally and feeds on almost all forms of plastic.

And, of course, the bug in Andromeda Strain went through a phase of eating plastic. Which, in something of a plot hole, is never mentioned later in the story.
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Old 04-12-2020, 06:57 AM
 
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So, you think it might come back to bite us somewhere painful? SciFi writers have been known to accurately predict the future more than once.

The film Contagion (2011) predicted the coronavirus CORV-19 we have now and it showed the Wuhan starting place and the pig/bat/human link.
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