Scientists accidentally discover an enzyme that devours plastic

Plastic pollution has seen renewed focus in recent times, thanks largely to attention drawn by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series, and through a number of legislative proposals. Science has examined a huge range of solutions, from plastic-plucking robots to infrared identification from space, but now a mutant enzyme has been produced that could eat plastic waste. The discovery of this mutant enzyme could herald an entirely new way of dealing with the plastic waste issue.