Diesel Fuel from E. Coli

We’ve reached the future. Smithsonian Magazine is reporting that genetically modified e. coli can now synthesize diesel fuel. From the site:

“Hydrocarbons are the basis for all petroleum-based fuels, and the particular molecules they engineered the E. coli to produce are the same ones present in commercial diesel fuels. So far, they’ve only produced tiny quantities of this bacterial biodiesel, but if they were able to grow these bacteria on a massive scale and extract their hydrocarbon products, they’d have a ready-made diesel fuel. Of course, it remains to be seen whether fuel produced in this way will be able to compete in terms of cost with conventional diesel.”

Read more: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/04/genetically-modified-e-coli-bacteria-can-now-synthesize-diesel-fuel/#ixzz2ROsiuWzU
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