New advances with E. coli bacteria could eventually improve biofuel production

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Currently, producing fuel directly from biological products can lead to some tough choices. The resulting biofuel usually either needs to be mixed with regular petroleum or the vehicles themselves need to be modified to work with it. New research published recently details the work of scientists to try to avoid both problems by creating a biofuel that’s compatible with diesel engines. “Producing a commercial biofuel that can be used without needing to modify vehicles has been the goal of this project from the outset,” says Professor John Love of the University of Exeter. The study (funded by Shell), used E. coli to create the “bio-fossil-fuels,” as Love calls them, though this biofuel is a long way from your gas tank. It takes around 100…

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