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If there is a best case for #opensource + no patent, etc, this might be it! πŸ‘β€‹

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
theguardian.com/environment/20
'Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug...'
#Capitalism #Earth

Nick Thomas @lupine

@jd Remember kids: it's reduce, then reuse, and only *then* recycle.

Somehow, this became "consume, throw away, bin is full, panic, recycle, keep panicking, bioengineer a rapacious predator and set it loose upon the world".

I'm not 100% sure how this came about, but I have my suspicions.

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@lupine @jd but.. but ..

I can't sell you new shit if you're just reusing old shit.

@thurloat @jd quickly, boost conspicuous consumption!

@lupine @jd Their goal doesn't appear to be to release any kind of bioengineered organism, but to produce and use the enzyme itself, which may involve bacteria in captivity. The bacteria themselves evolved naturally, though that obviously doesn't mean they won't use genetic engineering to improve yield or transfer the ability to make the enzyme to some other organism that's better suited to large scale production of the enzyme.

@lupine @jd It came about because there is no real price discovery mechanism for extracted resources. Extraction is done largely on government-owned land for government-set royalties. Which means the extractors never had to pay a market price for the land itself, and they couldn't re-sell the land at a market price anyway so there's no opportunity cost. And government fell down on one of its main jobs: to internalize externalities.