The University of California devises a method of genetically modifying killer bacteria Escherichia coli to produce next-generation biofuels such as butanol. Existing biofuels, including commercially available ethanol, are produced from agricultural products such as corn and sugarcane. Second-generation formulations currently being developed will be made from organic waste matter containing cellulose. Ethanol, however, has limitations. It is not as efficient to burn as gasoline and must ...

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