E. Coli could be the next big answer to fuel problems
Butanol, which has four carbon atoms, has been seen as a better solution than ethanol. However, the E. Coli developed by Liao and his colleagues is capable of producing pentanol which has five carbon atoms. Having longer chain alcohols would reduce fuel consumption and allow them to be used in automotive and jet engines with little or no modification.
The modified E. Coli could also be used for producing polymers and drugs. Polymers would be important because the widespread use of plastics requires a lot of petroleum.
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