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BETTENDORF, Iowa – Veterinarians are sending a warning to pet owners. A deadly bacterium is on the rise in several states, including Illinois.
Researchers found that having animals in the home helped children build immunity to allergies and stave off diseases like obesity. When a pet is around, kids develop gut microbes that help them build up a healthy immune system because they have been exposed to a wider range of bacteria.
The study, , focuses on a newly-discovered bacterium called Ideonella sakaiensis. It was found outside of a bottle recycling plant, and it seems to have evolved a pair of enzymes it uses to break down polyethylene terephthalate or PET, a polymer so widely used to make plastic that about 50 million tons of it are made every year.
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Enter Ideonella sakaiensis, a newly discovered . Researchers in Japan isolated the bacteria from the 250 samples of PET debris they collected from a recycling plant. The bacteria appeared to use a pair of enzymes to slowly break down PET.But the discovery of the bacterium is an important first step, according to researchers. The ability to degrade PET using enzymes has previously been limited to a few species of fungi. With further experiments, researchers hope to be able to develop a greener alternative to reducing plastic waste.Researchers note in the study, , that it takes the bacteria six weeks to degrade a small piece of low-quality PET. The bacteria took even longer to degrade highly crystallized PET. Researchers warn that the bacteria would—for now— have limited impact if it were to be applied to large amount of plastic waste sitting in landfills around the world.Researchers found that a bacteria called Ideonella sakaiensis can use poly(ethylene terephthalate), one of the most common forms of plastic better known as PET, as its main source of energy and carbon. PET is found in things like polyester, water bottles, and food containers, and tend to be labeled with a "1" inside a recycling symbol.So do not be fooled into thinking kibbled, commercial pet food is asterile, bacteria-free source of food! The starches, rancid fats, andsugars in kibbled foods provide much better food sources for bacteriathan the proteins in raw meat.More research needs to be conducted to see if it could actually be implemented, but some are skeptical. Christopher Reddy, a senior scientist at Woods Hold Oceanographic Institution who wasn't involved with the study, warns that we can't "rely on microbes to clean the environment." The study was conducted in a controlled laboratory environment where PET was the bacteria's only food option, but Reddy told that Monitor they have more to choose from in nature, and we can't control their eating habits.