Two scientists are receiving the Future Inisight Prize for developing a new process that turns waste plastic into food.
Ting Lu, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Stephen Techtmann, associate professor of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University were the scientists who created the innovation.
Microbes degrade plastic into food that "contains all the required nutrition, are nontoxic, provide health benefits and additionally allow for personalization needs."
Germany-based company Merck sponsored the prize.
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