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“Cyborg” bacteria taps light to create green fuel

Aug 24, 2017, 5:25 AM EDT
(Source: AJC1/flickr)
(Source: AJC1/flickr)

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have engineered bacteria, infused with tiny semiconductors, which can harness solar energy to produce acetic acid, a potential source for clean fuel of future.

The scientists have been trying to speed up plants’ photosynthesis mechanism to tap the full potential of solar energy but the latest approach differs as it picks bacteria, which generally don’t photosynthesize, as the mode to harness sunlight, writes Engadget.

The technique, essentially equips a bug with tiny solar panels, to take advantage of the organism’s natural mechanisms, notes the BBC.

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