Genetically engineered strains of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus in a Petri dish
Genetically engineered strains of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus in a flask
As part of the push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by burning fossil fuels researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a greener way to extract biofuel from bacteria. The team has genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel isobutanol, which holds great potential as a gasoline alternative. As an added bonus that reaction is powered directly by energy from sunlight, through photosynthesis.
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