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High-Octane Biofuels In The Near-Future? New Lines Of Engineered Bacteria Bring The Goal Closer

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High-octane biofuels — produced with the aid of newly created lines of engineered bacteria — may be in the near future thanks to new research from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.

These new lines of engineered bacteria can custom-produce a variety of key precursors to high-octane biofuels, as well as precursors to commonly used pharmaceuticals, plastics, detergents, etc.

“The big contribution is that we were able to program cells to make specific fuel precursors,” said Pamela Silver, PhD, a Wyss Institute Core Faculty member, Professor of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, and senior author of the study.
 
 

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