When you think of E coli, you probably think of a deadly bacteria that can cause sickness.  But if some researchers at UCLA have their way, E coli might soon be used to power everything from automobiles to airplanes.  According to the Environmental News Network, scientists at UCLA have created a strain of E coli that contains five carbon atoms per molecule  – as opposed to the typical two or three.  What this means is, because the newly manufactured strains have longer chain molecules, they can create a fuel that is three times more efficient than ethanol, and might also provide a boost for gasoline and other petroleum products as well.  Little wonder scientists say this discovery may be something of a “holy grail” for the fuel industry!

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