Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Renewable fossil fuel alternative created using bacteria

Researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria E. coli to generate renewable propane. Propane is an appealing source of cleaner fuel because it has an existing global market. used Escherichia coli to interrupt the biological process that turns fatty acids into cell membranes. The researchers used enzymes to channel the fatty acids along a different biological pathway, so that the bacteria made engine-ready renewable propane instead of cell membranes. Their ultimate goal is to insert this engineered system into photosynthetic bacteria, so as to one day directly convert solar energy into chemical fuel.

from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily


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