Scientists Create 'Super Enzyme' That Eats Plastic Bottles Six Times Faster than Previous Enzymes
After several other plastic eating enzymes have been discovered, a super enzyme further increases the speed at which it eats plastic.
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Enzymes produced in the stomachs of certain bacteria found during several high-profile discoveries have been combined by English scientists to create a super enzyme, reducing the time it takes for these chemicals to depolymerize, or breakdown plastic from weeks into mere hours.
The new discovery would further triple this speed at which the plastic polymers are undone, providing a serious opportunity to win the fight against plastic pollution in the next few decades, as well as opening the door for scientists to create more synthetic enzymes targeted for specific kinds of plastics.