Mention the term "e. coli" here in the US, and one gets visions of sick cows and poisonous burgers. Reference e. coli with some groundbreaking work performed by UK's University of Exeter, and things get a little more positive.
While some research at MIT focuses
on improving the amount of fossil fuel that can be extracted from an oil well, others are trying to improve the
efficiency of biofuel production. To make biofuels more economically viable, a group of researchers led by MIT’s
Gregory Stephanopoulos is trying to improve the productivity of the microbes that convert treated biomass into ethanol.
The bacteria are being modified so they can continuously convert sugar into ethanol. Standard bacteria or yeast us