Engineering Bacteria for the Biodegradation and Upcycling of Plastics
Plastic pollution poses a significant threat to the economy and health of human society. With advances in synthetic biology, microbes can be engineered to derive energy from plastic pollutants and produce value-added products. Such approach helps build a sustainable circular economy platform for plastic waste management. Here we present our work on engineering bacteria for the bioassimilation and upcycling of nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 monomers.