Gallery: Self-Destructing Bacteria Could Be the Key to Better Biofuels


Normally we don’t advocate self-destruction, but in the case of biofuel-producing bacteria, it might be a good thing. Researchers at Arizona State University have genetically engineered cyanobacteria that dissolve from the inside out, making it easy to access the high-energy fats and biofuel byproducts located within. The development could be tremendously beneficial for fuel production, since cyanobacteria are photosynthetic microbes (AKA pond scum) that have a higher yield potential than most biofuels currently being used.

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  1. c-gomes December 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    The tone in article is ridiculous. Lowly, self-destructive pond scum? It is because of that lowly pond scum that life as we know it is possible.

    ASU’s take on the matter, however, is also something I’m uncomfortable with. Fortunately, though, this kind of biofuel is likely not to take over as a major fuel. Hopefully, larger capacity and lower wear batteries will do that there faster and better.

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