Miranda Wang + Jeanny Yao

Duas jovens cientistas quebram plásticos com bactérias

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Uma vez criado, o plástico (quase) nunca desaparece. Enquanto estavam no 12º ano de estudos, Miranda Wang e Jeanny Yao foram em busca de uma nova bactéria para biodegradar plástico — especificamente para quebrar ftalato, um plastificante nocivo. Elas encontraram uma resposta surpreendentemente perto de casa.

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Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao · Science fair winners

Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao have identified a new bacteria that breaks down nasty compounds called phthalates, common to flexible plastics and linked to health problems. And they’re still teenagers.

Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao have identified a new bacteria that breaks down nasty compounds called phthalates, common to flexible plastics and linked to health problems. And they’re still teenagers.