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TRASH STASH  Scientists have modified a bacterial enzyme to make it even better at breaking down PET, a plastic widely used in disposable water bottles.

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GUT WRENCHING  Pathogen detectors built into food packaging could help curb the spread of foodborne illness.

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STERILE SURFACES  A newly developed coating uses overhead light to trigger bacteria-killing molecules and could be used in hospitals to help stop the spread of some infections.

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