Wait is this for real? If so that's pretty badass
@Prince super Vegeta , yes it is.
@Prince super Vegeta , they found an enzyme in a Japanese garbage dump that eats plastic. When they brought it to lab to play with it, they accidentally made it better at eating plastic.
They don't know how.
@SoundsLikeIDontCare, I looked at the article, it says they found a breed of caterpillar that eats most types of plastics, but the downside was that they didn't eat enough to make an impactful difference. I didn't know they actually isolated the enzyme
@Gadget, that's so cool. Amazing that until this point, every piece of plastic we've ever made is still here on this earth.
I don’t know why but I found this difficult to read. Am I being retarded or anyone else getting that? Also is this referencing something?
@2807Ollie, The description tells you why this makes sense
@2807Ollie, but yes, I also reread it 12 times to understand it...
@Good Guy Satan, ooooooh, I get it now
@2807Ollie, This is referencing a recent scientific find, they found a bug that essentially breaks down large amounts of plastic very quickly. If bred in large quantities they could mean the end of plastic pollution.
@Good Guy Satan, I thought you were supposed to be the good guy
@Gadget, *Jeff goldbloom voice*
Life uhhhhh finds a way
@Gadget, yep, I have read that Sci Fi book...in it, the bugs get out of containment, breed excessively, and consume all polyethylene based products on the planet, causing a global pandemic, war and near planet wide extinction.
@Malice211, I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. Because this is an actual recent scientific discovery.
@Gadget, or the end of human kind, once the bugs develop a taste for flesh also
@Gadget, that's pretty amazing
@Good Guy Satan, bamboozled again thanks satan
You must know what it's like to have a bad side, @Bad Guy Satan
@Good Guy Satan, Who hurt you
@Bad Guy Satan, he says where the info is, is that not good and helpful
@Gadget, What are the products of that chemical reaction?
Oh yes I understand it is real...no sarcasm involved...just stating that this was also the plot to a sci fi boom I once read...basically just hoping they are taking appropriate precautions before we start seeing a swarm of genetically engineered bugs consuming 2/3rds of the products we currently have on the planet.
@Malice211, how did it go wrong in the sci-fi?
@MattedPenguin, The bugs ate Donald Trump after they realized he was made of plastic. Then the US entered a golden age for hundreds of years.
@Malice211, all they gotta do is synthesize the enzymes and modify that. Then the bugs don’t get out of control
@Malice211, I think I read the same book. It was an oil spill, and the bacteria was genetically engineered to eat the oil and die after 5 days or so. But it stayed alive and consumed all plastic, synthetic rubber, and everything made from petroleum.
Ill Wind was the book's name.
@Malice211, they aren't genetically modifying them though, just harvesting the enzyme for use.
@Marida Cruz, oh god, that’s even worse! These little bastards already exist in nature! Wait until they start to breed and spread...Goodbye world...was nice knowing you...
@Malice211, they're only going to breed them in captivity. I think you're seriously underestimating how strict safety precautions in labs are. If they have ways to safely view antimatter, potentially fatal viruses, and the most radioactive materials in the world, then I think scientists can handle a few non-venomous insects. Besides, they only need to breed them a little bit, because once they've figured out how the enzyme works, they can just make a synthetic version that doesn't require any insects to make.
@Marida Cruz, what about killer bees?
@freshoutoffvcks, I don't know, what about them?
@Marida Cruz, they were created in a lab and got out. Now they are a big problem.
@freshoutoffvcks, okay, but that's not relevant here. They aren't creating insects in a lab, but harvesting the enzyme these insects naturally produced already. They will only need to do this long enough to figure out how to artificially replicate the enzyme. Since these insects have an actual natural habitat, they will most likely release them back into that habitat once they are done. Since those insects already have a place in that habitat, and have not been genetically modified, there will be no real change in the ecosystem, besides maybe a larger death rate among those specific insects for a few months. They will never need these insects again, because they will know how to make the enzyme themselves.
I just talked about an article about that in my would cultures class today
World destruction as everyone fought over resources. Not saying it wouldn’t be nice to be rid of plastic for something more ecologically friendly...but don’t let the bugs out into the wild or they will start consuming all petroleum base products rather quickly ...take a good look around...that stuff is everywhere!
Heard about this a few years back on vsause super cool