AI Invented An Enzyme to Dispose Plastic in 24 Hours

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin used artificial intelligence to invent a synthetic enzyme that can dispose of plastic waste in 24 hours.

Study co-author Hal Alper said that when considering approaches for waste disposal, you need an enzyme that can work in natural conditions at ambient temperatures.

Based on the required parameters, the algorithm came up with an element called FAST-PETase, which can break down plastic in 24 hours at temperatures between 30 and 50 degrees Celsius.

According to scientists, the production and use of the enzyme can be brought to an industrial level, providing an affordable way to process plastic waste. They added that the biological approach uses less energy and is more environmentally friendly than current large-scale polyethene recycling methods.

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