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Korean researchers bioengineer Escherichia coli to produce gasoline [Registered]

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) claimed to have developed a novel strategy for microbial gasoline production through metabolic engineering of Escherichia coli. Gasoline, the petroleum-derived product that is most widely used as a fuel for transportation, is a mixture of hydrocarbons, additives, and blending agents. The hydrocarbons, called alkanes, consist only of carbon and hydrogen atoms. Gasoline has a combination of straight-chain and branched-chain alkanes (hydrocarbons) consisted of 4-12 carbon atoms linked by direct carbon-carbon bonds. Previously, through metabolic engineering of E. coli, there have been a few research results on the production of…

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