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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
Klepto Is A Dog
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04-16-2018 11:39 PM

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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
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Well: a possible game changer, here. Plastic can be one of the very worst pollutants we produce, and there may be a solution right there in nature. Almost anything can be eaten by some bacterium or another.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/...ic-bottles

"Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/...on-scourge at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.

The international team then tweaked the enzyme to see how it had evolved, but tests showed they had inadvertently made the molecule even better at breaking down the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic used for soft drink bottles. “What actually turned out was we improved the enzyme, which was a bit of a shock,” said Prof John McGeehan, at the University of Portsmouth, UK, who led the research. “It’s great and a real finding.”

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RE: Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
they will lose that info, like tesla inventions, cars that move by magnets, cancer cures, the list is extensive..https://www.memecenter.com/fun/628022/and-its-gone
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sugercandy blgh with stinging kiwi juice because we shaved and milk plus a smoke that looks like orange juice
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Wefwefwefwef
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RE: Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
What could go wrong...

'same sh*t just a different day'
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The Ghost Of LOP  Wrote: (04-16-2018 11:44 PM)
What could go wrong...

you posting more facebook crap
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The Ghost Of LOP  Wrote: (04-16-2018 11:44 PM)
What could go wrong...

These things begin to overpopulate then mutate and begin to consumer other things, all life then conquer the entire earth.
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this is terrifying, many acids wont even eat through plastic. if it can eat through plastic it can nom nom YOU!
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Also melts brain cells too leading to zombies
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I had hoped for a few intelligent responses, but all that shows up is infantile drivel.

Ah, well: what can you do? Too bad.

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RE: Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
Klepto Is A Dog  Wrote: (04-17-2018 02:22 AM)
I had hoped for a few intelligent responses, but all that shows up is infantile drivel.

Ah, well: what can you do? Too bad.

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intelligent responses to a post with the word mutant in the title? right.
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RE: Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
Klepto Is A Dog  Wrote: (04-16-2018 11:39 PM)
Well: a possible game changer, here. Plastic can be one of the very worst pollutants we produce, and there may be a solution right there in nature. Almost anything can be eaten by some bacterium or another.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/...ic-bottles

"Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/...on-scourge at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.

The international team then tweaked the enzyme to see how it had evolved, but tests showed they had inadvertently made the molecule even better at breaking down the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic used for soft drink bottles. “What actually turned out was we improved the enzyme, which was a bit of a shock,” said Prof John McGeehan, at the University of Portsmouth, UK, who led the research. “It’s great and a real finding.”

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bad game changer. Though I spose it was inevitable.

So in a few decades we are going to have wild bacteria eating all of our wiring insulation, plastic septic tanks and gas cans, not to mention our cars and our soda packaging.......what could go wrong?

Get back to me when you have a bacterium that consumes nuclear waste.
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RE: Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
The Ghost Of LOP  Wrote: (04-16-2018 11:44 PM)
What could go wrong...

I agree. So, it eats plastic in the lab. They have no idea what will happen when it's outside of the lab. What interactions will take place? Will the new mutant bacteria mutate more and become something they hadn't anticipated? How will the mutant bacteria affect the ecosystem? Is this mutant bacteria dangerous to other organisms - like humans? Scientists often fail to do the homework and it can have negative consequences. I really hope they don't just dump a bunch of mutant bacteria into the ocean and cross their fingers. But the ocean is already so jacked up that it might not matter. How will the radiation from Fukushima interact with the new mutant bacteria? Will it be the stuff sci-fi/horror flicks are made of?
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So what happens to all the plastic products we now use on a daily basis ? What about all the products now made from RECYCLED bottles ?

Great thing if it can be controlled .
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