September 30, 2013

S. Korean Scientists Produce Gasoline from Glucose

South Korean researchers have successfully produced gasoline from glucose using genetically modified microbes.

The team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) led by Professor Lee Sang-yeop says it developed colon bacteria which break down glucose to produce gasoline.

The team explained regular cells consume glucose and produce fatty acid in order to create cell membranes or cell walls, but the metabolically-engineered microbes disintegrate fatty acids into gasoline and discharge them from the body.