Could jars of hot, bubbling bacteria near London hold the key to curbing CO2 emissions in cars? Well according to scientists at a British renewable energy company called TMO, the answer could be “Yes,” as they have isolated a bacteria that will help them produce clean-burning ethanol in an incredibly efficient manner. The company took two years to identify and refine the organism that drives the process – a heat-loving bacteria of the geobacillus family that is one-fiftieth the diameter of a human hair. Through genetic manipulation, they have increased its metabolic rate and focused it on producing ethanol 300 times more efficiently than the bacteria would naturally. Little wonder scientists are energized about this new energy breakthrough!

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