eForFuel researchers Dr. Arren Bar-Even from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Biology and Ron Milo from the Weizmann Institute of Science together with their teams created a strain of E. coli that can grow solely on carbon dioxide. By using genetic engineering and lab evolution the scientists designed the bacterium to swap its sugar meals for CO2.
Their work has been recently published in Cell, and has been featured in an article in Nature and shared on social media. This work represents a very important step for the eForFuel Project. It brings eForFuel one step closer to its mission to use E. coli to convert CO2 to hydrocarbon fuels, thus providing a sustainable replacement of fossil carbon fuels.