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Submission + - Plastic-degrading bacteria discovered in Mexico (

Spy der Mann writes: "A bacteria capable of degrading polyurethane, was just discovered in the sewage waters of Mexico City. It's Alicycliphilus bacteria, unicellular organism with a mechanism not yet clarified degrades the polyurethane, perhaps the most commonly used plastic for half a century. Thanks to a team of scientists from the Faculty of Chemistry of the UNAM, the bacterium went to university laboratories to open a new horizon for research, which in a few years might find a solution to transform polyurethane, which is manufactured from oil and does not degrade when it is discarded. (Original spanish text)"

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