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The Gas Of The Future

For many years, specialists have been struggling to invent the ideal fuels that are environment-friendly, non-polluting, easy and cheap to produce, and easily reachable. Many weird or peculiar ideas have seen the light of day, and most of them have disappeared as fast as they appeared. Recently, scientists and researchers have managed to find a way to create fuels and other chemicals that are actually sustainable.

The results of the important study have been obtained by a specialized team of Korean scientists led by Professor Sang Yup Lee, representing the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, which is part of praised the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. The results of the study have been officially reported in Nature, via the September 29 issue. According to the respective study, the team of researches has managed to produce, for the first time in history, a strategy for the manufacturing of microbial gasoline via the engineering of E. coli.

What Does This Mean?


First of all, know that gasoline is the petroleum-derivate that the majority of drivers are using for their fuel needs. It is made of a combo of hydrocarbons, along with blending agents used for blending purposes, and additives. The previously mentioned additives are known as alkanes and they are solely made from atoms of carbon and hydrogen atoms. The gasoline we are all using today consists of a mix of alkanes that are both straight-chained and branched-chain. Previous attempts to produce long-chained types of alkanes made of 13-17 atoms of carbon have been made, and various studies to back the theory exist. Scientists have tried to replace Diesel fuel with the newly created fuel. Nevertheless, researchers had not discovered the possibility to produce short-chained alkanes that could in fact replace gasoline. The breakthrough of the Korean study comes to set fire to the concept of gasoline as we all know it, by directing our attention toward an eco-friendly alternative: in vivo fatty acid could produce gasoline – 580 mg of gasoline for every litre of cultured broth by converting the acid. 


E. Coli Strain Produces Gasoline

Through specialized fatty acid metabolization processes, the resulted derivates were able to create compounds that were shorter than the regular size of the normal fatty acid metabolites found between the cells. This way, the biosynthesis of short-chain alkanes was made possible for the first time in the history of humanity. Plus, the results are now helping scientists to further develop E. coli strain platform that could create not only gasoline, but also short-chain fatty alcohols and esters.


Further Studies, Better Results

It is needless to say that the Korean researchers are not going to stop here, and they are not going to start sleep on their laurels. On the contrary, they are more determined than ever to boost the current titre, improve the metabolic flux, create faster short-chained fatty acids and derivates and hence also increase the yield and productivity of this type of bio fuel.

If you are more interested in the final results of the future studies, sit back and relax, it is going to be a while until scientists are going to be able to produce large scale E. coli gasoline. In the meanwhile, you can start to play  and see which of the bingo bonuses there sound more appealing to you: Midnigth Feast or the Breakfast Club. Check out The Dark Knight or Battlestar Galactica games of video slots – you’ll have plenty of time to try to win all of them!


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