Philip S. Wenz

Plastic lovers may solve our waste problem

Bacteria capable of eating plastic were an inevitability. The tiny cells are evolutionary dynamos.

Under optimal growing conditions, many bacteria can clone themselves in 20 to 30 minutes, producing 50 to 75 generations and hundreds of millions of new individuals in 24 hours. This incredible rate of reproduction creates ample...

Philip S. Wenz, who grew up in Durango and Boulder, now lives in Corvallis, Ore., where he teaches “Creating Your Ecological House” at the community college and writes on environmental issues. Reach him via e-mail through his Web site,

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