A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)

@article{Yoshida2016ABT,
  title={A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)},
  author={Shosuke Yoshida and Kazumi Hiraga and Toshihiko Takehana and Ikuo Taniguchi and Hironao Yamaji and Yasuhito Maeda and Kiyotsuna Toyohara and Kenji Miyamoto and Yoshiharu Kimura and Kōhei Oda},
  journal={Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={351},
  pages={1196 - 1199}
}
Some bacteria think plastic is fantastic Bacteria isolated from outside a bottle-recycling facility can break down and metabolize plastic. The proliferation of plastics in consumer products, from bottles to clothing, has resulted in the release of countless tons of plastics into the environment. Yoshida et al. show how the biodegradation of plastics by specialized bacteria could be a viable bioremediation strategy (see the Perspective by Bornscheuer). The new species, Ideonella sakaiensis… Expand
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