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Heads up, recycling fans! Scientists have bred a species of enzymes that can consume large amounts of plastic waste, giving them a considerably better diet than your average human.
Scientists say these little guys get 53% more nutrition eating actual garbage than what average North Americans are putting into their bodies, despite the fact that there’s virtually no difference between a Big Mac and a shopping bag on a cellular level.
But it’s not just nutrition where the enzymes have a leg up; they’ve also mastered portion control. Bacteria with these plastic-consuming enzymes can make a Styrofoam cup last a whole week by meal prepping, whereas a comparable human would wolf it down in less than a minute.
For more information, check out this month’s issue of Healthy Cellular Living, where they’ll be giving their tips on how to get your single-cell body ready for petri dish ready.