Scientific breakthrough in RNA molecules could create cheaper fuel


A major breakthrough in engineering systems of RNA molecules through computer-assisted design was announced by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute. They say the discovery could lead to the development of cheaper advances biofuels.

Scientists will be able to develop new strains of E. coli through the adjustment of genetic express in the cell of microorganisms through the new “RNA machines.” The development of new strains of E. coli that would be better able to digest switchgrass biomass and convert released sugars to form three types of transportation fuels, could make it cheaper to produce fuel from the plants. And it could create advanced biofuels with the potential to replace gasoline.