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E. coli’s metabolic pathway engineered to produce isobutyl acetate [Registered]

In a paper published in Nature Communications, the lead researcher Shota Atsumi and colleagues describe building a new pathway that lets the bacterium, E. coli, feed on both sugar (glucose) and acetate, a common waste material from biomass, to make isobutyl acetate. This product can be used as the basis for flavoring agents, solvents and fuels.…

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