Thursday, March 29, 2007

NG80-2, germ feeds on crude fuel holds promise

China Scientist isolated enzyme of a special germ that consume crude fossil fuel. This may leads to research breakthrough on cleaning up our already polluted Mother – Earth. Quotes for China Daily,

"We identified the key enzyme that enables the bacterium to degrade long-chain alkanes, a chemical component of oil, to smaller molecules," said Wang Lei, a lead scientist of the research team at Nankai University.

"We also discovered a simple way to isolate the enzyme."

US Department of Energy data has shown that the microbial approach can improve oil extraction efficiency by 10 to 15 percent and sustain the development term of oil reserves by five to 10 years.

Money and speed are the key factors to whether this Tech will see its light. (Link)

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