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NASA Wants to Recycle Astronaut Poop into Plastics and Vitamins

from Plastics Today

NASA is taking recycling to a whole other level. The U.S. space agency recently awarded researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina approximately $200,000 per year in grants to turn human waste into viable products, such as vitamins and plastics. The three-year research project called, "Synthetic Biology for Recycling Human Waste into Food, Nutraceuticals, and Materials: Closing the Loop for Long-Term Space Travel," will focus on how to genetically engineer yeast to create items for astronauts' use on space, since supplies are limited once astronauts take-off. more


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