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Response to 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.aaf8625

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Yang et al. suggest that the use of low-crystallinity poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) exaggerates our results. However, the primary focus of our study was identifying an organism capable of the biological degradation and assimilation of PET, regardless of its crystallinity. We provide additional PET depolymerization data that further support several other lines of data showing PET assimilation by growing cells of Ideonella sakaiensis.

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