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Could plastic-eating enzymes help curb pollution?

Neil King | Natalie Muller
July 7, 2023

Each year, millions of tons of plastic waste ends up in the environment where it can last for centuries. But the discovery of plastic-gobbling enzymes has raised hopes of solving this mounting problem. Some scientists have called these tiny plastic eaters a game changer. But is this really a scalable solution? And does it make economic sense?


Interviewees featured in this episode:

Uwe Bornscheuer, professor of biotechnology at the University of Greifswald, Germany

Joanna Sadler, Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh's School of Biological Sciences

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