Scientists Create Bacteria That Poops Out Petrol

Scientists Create Bacteria That Poops Out Petrol

If Hollywood has taught us anything at all, it’s that playing around with DNA leads to disaster. Wonderful, entertaining disaster. In the real world, things aren’t so clear cut, but the prospect of creating super-bugs that will either turn humans into zombies or just kill us outright hasn’t stopped some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs from LS9 from creating a bacteria that essentially just shits crude oil.

The bacteria start out as either industrial yeast or nonpathogenic strains of E. coli. They then have a little bit of DNA-grade surgery done to them, before being fed “feedstock” which is essentially any substance that can be broken down to sugars, like wheat, corn or woodchips. The bacteria have a mad party where they eat and drink too much, then spend the following day on a single-cell organism-sized toilet where they poop out crude oil, which is collected by people in white suits and sold for $150 a barrel. Or something like that, anyway.

It’s still a ray of hope for everybody with a pain in their back pocket
every time they stop at a bowser, though, so hopefully this will
develop enough to help the fuel crisis, and not kill us all in the

[Times OnlineThanks Crowyourboat*!)