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UK researchers develop technology to produce biodiesel using bacteria

3:35 AM MDT | April 25, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

Researchers from the University of Exeter,UK, have developed a method to produce biodiesel from E. coli bacteria, the university announced. The technology, which is still being trialed, produces biodiesel that is almost identical to conventional biofuel, the university says. The E. coli bacteria naturally turn sugars into fat, to build their cell membranes. Synthetic fuel oil molecules can be created by harnessing this natural oil production process. “Replacing conventional diesel with a carbon neutral biofuel in commercial volumes would be a tremendous...

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