Submitted by infocom6502 in Physics (edited )

In 2016 scientists stumbled across a sludge that seemed to feed on plastics, at a recycling plant in Kyoto, Japan. After some study, they have determined the ability stems from a novel enzyme, Petase, that is somehow able to break down the polymers. Numerical modeling from Univ South Florida ( helped in understanding this enzyme. Genetically, this enzyme is related and derived from an enzyme nature has had for quite some time, that is able to break down waxes.



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