Bacteria as CO2 recycling powerhouse

This year started with a significant breakthrough by scientists from the Max Planck Institute (Germany) which is presented in their recent Nature Chemical Biology publication. Their research has redesigned the model biotechnological bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) to live and feed on methanol and formate: a possibility that serves as a stepping stone towards future endeavors aiming at recycling CO2…

Synthetic Biology against Climate Change

The  German radio station Deutschlandfunk has featured a segment dealing with synthetic biology as a tool against climate change in their regular science broadcast series Forschung aktuell on 5 August 2019. Hellmuth Nordwig, the host, talked about different strategies of fighting the greenhouse effect using synthetic biology. One of the guests was our eForFuel project coordinator: Dr. Arren Bar-Even from the…

E. Coli engineered to eat carbon dioxide!

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…

Fixing Carbon

At the beginning of this year, German scientist and science journalist Katrin Weigmann published an article called „Fixing Carbon“ in EMBO Reports. The article gives an overview about ongoing projects in genetic engineering which are exploring ways of “harnessing nature’s ability to capture CO2 from the atmosphere”. Carbon fixation solutions are an urgent issue in mitigating or stopping global climate change. Dr.…