Bacterium-Based Fuel May Soon Replace Fossil Fuels

Law360, New York (January 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In the wake of Congress' passing of the Energy Independence and Security Act, UCLA scientists announce they have developed an E coli.-based biofuel that may soon be ready for commercial production.

On Wednesday, the University of California, Los Angeles announced that professors James Liao and Taizo Hanai and postdoctoral fellow Shota Atsumihad had developed high-octane fuels from metabolically engineered E. coli bacteria.

The three UCLA scientists have licensed the technology to fledgling biofuel production company, Gevo Inc., which intends to develop and market the lab-made fuel...
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