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Web Date: March 31, 2011

Retooling A Bacterial Biofuel Factory

ACS Meeting News: Gene swaps tweak kinetics, equilibrium to increase output
Department: ACS News, Science & Technology
Keywords: Synthetic biology, biofuels, sustainability

In a step toward more efficient biofuel production, two independent teams have improved on past efforts to engineer Escherichia coli so the microbe produces higher outputs of n-butanol than ever before—more than 30 times as much as prior engineered strains. The studies were presented on Wednesday at multiple divisional meetings of the ACS national meeting in Anaheim.

Several chemical companies are pursuing butanol as a biobased fuel source. Most vehicles can run on a blend . . .

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