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High School girl discovers styrofoam eating bacterium

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Top awards in last month's Intel International Science Fair go to Tseng I-Ching from Taiwan who discovered 'red bacterium' that metabolizes polystyrene.

I blogged about a Canadian student's discovery of plastic-eating microorganisms last May. Just last month, another 16-year-old high school student (this time from Taiwan) Tseng I-Ching swept the world's largest science fair, the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) for her discovery of a polystyrene-decomposing bacterium derived from mealworm beetles.
 
 

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