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18 Apr 2018 05:14 AM EST

According to a report by Mother Nature Network, an international team of researchers have accidentally developed a synthetic enzyme that can break down plastic waste. The discovery was made while studying a natural enzyme that was believed to have evolved to eat plastic in a waste recycling center in Japan. The researchers modified the enzyme to analyze its structure, but instead accidentally engineered an enzyme that was even better at breaking down the plastic used for soft drink bottles, polyethylene terephthalate or PET. Lead researcher, professor John McGeehan, said, "Serendipity often plays a significant role in fundamental scientific research and our discovery here is no exception."

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