An Even Keel

By adding a sensor to Escherichia coli, University of California, Berkeley's Jay Keasling and his colleagues improved the ability of the bacteria to make biofuel. As Technology Review notes, when biofuel precursors — fatty acids and ethanol — are out of proportion in the bacteria, production is not very efficient. The sensor reacts to fatty acid levels in the bacteria to balance them out.

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