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E. coli bioengineered to produce propane [Registered]

Natural metabolic pathways for the renewable biosynthesis of propane do not exist but the researchers have developed an alternative microbial biosynthetic pathway to produce renewable propane. The team led by Professor Nigel Scrutton (at MIB) and Dr Patrik Jones from Imperial College, modified existing fermentative butanol pathways using an engineered enzyme variant to redirect the microbial pathway of E. coli to produce propane as opposed to butanol. The team was able to achieve propane biosynthesis creating a platform for next-generation microbial propane production.…

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