UC Berkeley turns E. coli into bio-fuel

A breakthrough at a UC Berkeley lab may pave the way for an affordable and environmentally friendly bio-fuel for cars. (Photo courtesy KGO-TV/ABC7 photographer Cathy Cavey.)

March 2, 2011 12:19:44 AM PST
A breakthrough at a UC Berkeley lab may pave the way for an affordable and environmentally friendly bio-fuel for cars.

Chemists have genetically altered E. coli bacteria to produce bio-fuel 10 times faster than competing microbes.

The lead researcher says if they can produce two to three times more than what they're doing right now, they could start thinking about industrial production.

The journal Nature Chemical Biology is publishing the report.