Korean Scientists Develop Improved Alcohol-making Bacterium

New bacterium can produce ethanol about 20 percent more than other similar microbes...

Published: 13-Dec-2004

Korean scientists developed a bacterium that can produce ethanol about 20 percent more than other similar microbes, paving the way for cheaper production of the alternative fuel.

Microgen Inc., a Seoul-based biotech firm, yesterday said its research team had completely decoded genes of an alcohol-making bacterium called Zymomonas mobilis for the first time ever. The researchers used the knowledge to create a new breed of the bacterium with a higher production capability than its relatives.

The scientists said this "Super Alcohol Bacterium" will help develop a cheaper and more efficient method to produce ethanol, a fuel that could replace gasoline in the near future.

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