Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

anybody on R&S know anything about stuff called Nylonase?

just curious...


anybody? anybody at all... i'll take ONE person..

Update 2:

it.s not about mayonnaise

Update 3:

grayure FTW.. not mention pirate and schmo

any theist/creationists care to comment?

other than about mayonnaise?

Update 4:

micheal C

this question (more so it's answers) is just one facet of the evidence

12 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    It's an enzyme which evolved in a bacterium called Flavobacterium which was found in pools of water containing waste from nylon factories. Creationists believe that bacteria are able to alter their genes slightly by shifting the base pairs along a bit so they can adapt to a wide variety of food sources, and that's their explanation of it. However, they are of course wrong, and if you want a couple of other examples, there's a mould which lives inside the Chernobyl nuclear power station which uses melanin to capture energy from the radiation there, so that's evolved since 1986, and there are at least three cancers which can be seen as parasitic organisms which evolved from their hosts, including Devil facial tumour in Tasmanian devils, which is very recent, a canine sexually-transmitted cancer whose cells survive after mating which has appeared in about the last 5000 years, and cells called HeLa which evolved from a woman in the 1950s and now invades and destroys other cell lines in labs and counts as a new species.

    There you go, four other examples of speciation and therefore macroevolution in historical times.

  • 1 decade ago

    A species of Flavobacterium living in the runoff of a Japanese nylon plant evolved the ability to digest nylon.

    The new enzyme, nylonase, was created through a duplication event of another enzyme, mutated with a frameshift (this effectively scrambles the gene), and then slowly changed with point mutations until it happened to function.

    A prime example of the spontaneous creation of a new gene from nothing. An increase in "information."

    This experiment was then repeated in Pseudomonas, and resulted in a different enzyme being created. This is no surprise given the genomic instability present in many bacteria and the rate they evolve.

    There are other examples, a species of bacteria can now digest the industrial byproduct chlorobenzene, E. coli that can digest citrate, the list goes on.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's interesting but I'm a creationist because one, it's in the Bible which is God's word, and two, the big science things that we think are fact are not always so, there isn't any good evidence on evolution and how the Earth started. Also scientists want to look smart and give an explanation to everything. Even two of my science teachers said that scientists are just estimating and making guesses and the so-called evidence on evolution isn't really true.

    Source(s): Michael C
  • 1 decade ago

    Nylon eating bacteria?

    "Nylon-eating bacteria are a strain of Flavobacterium that is capable of digesting certain byproducts of nylon 6 manufacture. This strain of Flavobacterium, Sp. K172, became popularly known as nylon-eating bacteria, and the enzymes used to digest the man made molecules became collectively known as nylonase."


    Yes, the above is frome wikkepedia.

    It appears to be yet another bacteria that has evolved to consume man made products. There is also some that naturally evolve to deal with types of toxic waste etc.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. A flavobacterial enzyme that mutated and allowed the bacterium to thrive in waste water from a plasics factory.

  • Dan
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    It's a protein found in Flavobacterium that allows them to digest nylon.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No but now Im going to go look it up because I want to know EVERYTHING!

    EDIT: Ah, It's a nylon eating bacteria.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There's a vegan mayonnaise that sounds like that.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's an evolved bacteria. What about it?

  • 1 decade ago

    Is it painting mayonaise on your legs to make it look like nylons?

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