Scientists Can Now Turn Salmon Sperm into Plastic

Photo from USFWS

They call it “DNA Plastics” and it’s exactly what its name suggests. Researchers in China have figured out a way to take strands of DNA and turn them into usable materials. The current DNA of choice is from several different Pacific salmon species. So far the team has only built a small plastic cup out of the salmon jizz (pictured below), but the proof of concept is enough to have us all wondering, will we be outfitting ourselves with salmon sperm plastic in the near future?

Image: Han, et al., 2021

To learn more about the discovery, check out this article from Gizmodo or read the research paper yourself, here!

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