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Pollution Prevention

Can bacteria eat up the plastic pollution problem?

December 20, 2016

In high school, two smart women discovered a new bacteria in a local river that specifically eats phthalates, a harmful plasticizer that never degrades. 

Since then, Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao have turned their discovery of plastic-eating bacteria into an innovative, award-winning business called BioCellection. "We have not only shown that bacteria can be the solution to plastic pollution, but that also being open to uncertain outcomes and taking risks create opportunities for unexpected discoveries," they said at VERGE 16.