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Chapter 1: Studying Life

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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Look at the plastic waste that has washed up on this beach. There’s plastic everywhere in the ocean, and it’s harmful to ocean life. It may take hundreds of years for plastic waste to break down in the environment. What if there was a quicker way to break down plastic? Bacteria decompose other kinds of waste, such as dead leaves. Can any bacteria decompose plastic? That’s what two high school students, named Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao, wondered. They decided to do a science project to find out.

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