Reprogrammed bacteria

Scientists reported that they have en­gineered bacteria that can produce the sugars needed to make a cell from the greenhouse gas CO2. Scientists from Weizmann Institute of Science “reprogrammed” an organism that con­sumes sugar and releases CO2 — so that it can consume CO2 from the environment and produce sugar. Lead researcher at the university Niv Anton­ovsky said that the ability to improve carbon fixation is crucial for our ability to cope with future challeng­es, such as the need to supply food to a growing population on shrinking land resources while using less fossil fuel.

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