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Biofuel to be Made from Tuberculosis Bacteria

A team of researchers at MIT are engineering a strain of bacteria, which is similar to the type that causes tuberculosis, to produce biofuel.

The researchers say that the bacteria are useful because they are hungry for a number of sugars and toxic compounds and produce lipids that can be converted to biodiesel.

The effort is part of a larger project at MIT to develop biofuels using synthetic biology. In this case, the focus is on soil-dwelling Rhodococcus bacteria, since they are well known to eat a variety of toxic compounds.

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