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Marine bacteria as precursors for biofuel for planes

Reducing the impact of our carbon print is one of the main preoccupations of humanity right now and this is why a group of researchers from the University of Manchester has been studying synthetic biology to obtain one of the most efficient and reliable sources of fuel for planes. The scientists have discovered that a bacteria called Halomonas that lives and develops in seawater is an easy and durable microbial support that can be designed by changing its genetics in order to produce high value compounds. This could produce chemical products that can be exploited as precursors of fuel for planes.

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The synthetic chemical procedure is a durable process that doesn't require energy, only the primary resource, such as the Halomonas, the seawater. The key is in modifying the genome of the bacteria in an ideal manner so that it changes its metabolism and produces the desired chemicals. They can also take the genes from a plant and insert the information inside the bacteria to obtain a copy of the molecules of products that we currently harvest from agriculture. This would bring the production costs down and reduce the dependency on environmental factors.

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