How to Make Ubiquitous Plastics Biodegradable

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Understanding the function of a specific bacterial enzyme has paved the way for the biotechnological degradation of styrene.

Polystyrene is made from styrene building blocks and is the most widely used plastic in terms of volume, for example in packaging. Unlike PET, which can now be produced and recycled using biotechnological methods, the production of polystyrene has so far been a purely chemical process. The plastic can’t be broken down by biotechnological means, either. ...
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