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Bacteria Produces Biofuel

Rhodococcus bacteriaMIT researchers are engineering a bacteria to produce biofuel.  The bacteria is a close cousin to the strain that causes tuberculosis, however, it is only dangerous if you happened to be a toxic compound.

The soil-dwelling Rhodococcus bacteria eats sugars and other toxic compounds that can eventually be converted into biodiesel.  The researchers have already engineered one strain that can feed on glycerol which is a waste product in biodiesel production.  They have also created another that can feed on glucose and xylose.

The bacteria take these sugars and toxic compounds and make lipids in order to make biodiesel.  They are currently working to produce the maximum yields to put into commercial production.

via cleantechnica

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