LS9 Genetically Engineered E. Coli Poops Biodiesel

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Feb 4, 2010 • References: nature & news.cnet
San Francisco, California-based biofuel startup LS9 modifies E. Coli microbes, a bacteria commonly found in feces, to convert some of its natural excretions into biodiesel. The University of California at Berkeley and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) assisted in the research of this bacteria biofuel.

The research may lower the cost of making biodiesel from wood chips, corn stalks, and other agricultural waste products because it can use the bacteria as digesters that ‘poop’ biofuel.

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