Chinese scientists announced on Wednesday that they have created a biodegradable form of plastic using salmon sperm.
The team isolated two strands of DNA from the fishes’ sperm and synthesized it with a chemical found in vegetable oil that was capable of bonding the two strands together. The material produced is called hydrogel.
The gel can be transformed into different 3-dimensional shapes and freeze-dried into a solid form. The scientists made a cup, puzzle pieces, and a DNA molecule as their first tests with the material.