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At Nema, we're working towards reducing plastic pollution coming from recycling plants through genetically modifying worms.
The environmental damage caused by plastic pollution has reached over 5 trillion metric tons, yet only 9% of that waste is recycled; 12% gets burned, and the rest is left there. - we haven't found a sustainable way to get rid of plastic.
Our goal is to eradicate this plastic pollution problem starting at recycling plants. At Nema, we will be able to reduce the total amount of plastic pollution in places like Canada upto 86% within 10 years.
Nema has set a goal to eliminate the burning of plastic and to practice eco-friendly decomposition of plastic in recycling plants, then focus on the rest of the world.
We found a way to reduce plastic pollution coming from recycling plants by finding an effective method to decompose plastic.
We're standing to make a change in the world by solve the world's biggest problem. We want to eliminate the burning of plastic and to practice eco-friendly decomposition of plastic in recycling plants, then focus on the rest of the world. We will decrese Canada's plastic pollution by 86% in the next 10 years.
We plan on leveraging the natural plastic decomposition capabilities of ideonella sakaiensis and the CRISPR gene editing system through nematodes to gain the ability to decompose plastic, globally.
Explaining The Process
Our idea is to genetically engineer nematodes to have the ability to decompose plastic. This is done by replacing a non-coded intron in a germline gene with the Ideonella Sakaiensis bacteria (bacteria that can break down polyethylene terephthalate — the main polymer in most plastics).
Part 1: Genetically Engineering
Firstly, we obtain Nematodes, worm food, and the Ideonella Sakaiensis bacteria. Then, We will begin by utilizing liposomes and their ability to carry bacteria, to carry the CIRSPR system and the Ideonella Sakaiensis bacteria into the specific genome of the nematode. Once this is done, we will be performing the CRISPR edit. When the lipsome has entered the worm body, it will open releasing CRISPR and the bacteria to find the non-coding intron of the germline gene and make the edit.
Part 2: Deployment
Once the first 1000 nematodes have been created, we will then start at a Canadian plastic landfill, and start decomposing. After 2 months, the Nematodes would have had enough time to reproduce and will then exponentially grow to the amount of 10,000. Once we have gained the right amount of nematodes, we will then begin to distribute them to other landfills and corporations to use.
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