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Comment on “A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly(ethylene terephthalate)”

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Science  19 Aug 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6301, pp. 759
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8305

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Abstract

Yoshida et al. (Report, 11 March 2016, p. 1196) reported that the bacterium Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 can degrade and assimilate poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET). However, the authors exaggerated degradation efficiency using a low-crystallinity PET and presented no straightforward experiments to verify depolymerization and assimilation of PET. Thus, the authors’ conclusions are rather misleading.

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