Gallery: Human Stomach Microbe Breaks Down Seaweed for Biofuel Producti...


Researchers at the Bio Architecture Lab and the University of Washington in Seattle have genetically modified a microbe commonly found in the human stomach to enable it to break down the very exotic sugars found in seaweed. The development could signify a biofuel breakthrough, since seaweed doesn’t take up space that crops could use, it doesn’t contain the hard to break down substance lignin, and it needs absolutely no fertilizers to grow. The newly found process also doesn’t require high temperatures, which means that turning seaweed into biofuel would require very little electricity.

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  1. kboles January 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Wow! E. coli lives in the stomach! That’s incredible 😉 They need to change stomach to intestine, bowel, or gut. No bacteria except acidophiles like H. pylori can survive in the stomach and they cause ulcers to boot.

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