Aug 11, 2016

Researchers Use E.coli to Engineer Improved Biofuels

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Although E. coli bacteria is often considered as a bad bug, laboratory-adapted E. coli that do not harm human beings and can multiply fast have been commonly used for various research purposes.

The same property allows the bacteria to rebuild into the smallest of factories when their chemical producing ability is utilized. E. coli possesses the ability to crank out pharmaceuticals, biofuels, and various other useful products.

Currently, a team of researchers from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University have developed a technique to efficiently produce biofuels in certain E. coli. Fuzhong Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, accompanied by other researchers, has discovered a new method that will eliminate a major hurdle in the production process.

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