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First the E.coli-based computers and now it’s time for E.coli guzzling strain discovery

E.coli bacterium doesn’t always cause any harm to you. As a matter of fact, scientists have made a discovery that promises that Escherichia coli can now feed on Carbon Dioxide. Although the bacteria usually would feed on sugar primarily in the form of glucose, the lab-created version of it is going to be used for manufacturing biofuels that will cause footprints of lower emission rates as compared to the conventional methods of production.

E.coli has been taken into use for many useful things in the past. A few years back, researchers had managed to store the data with encryption in the microorganisms. Also, there evolved computers that are based on E.coli. The discovery of these E.coli bacteria guzzling on carbon is not new to us. However, the previous strain could only consume Carbon Dioxide as a small portion of their diet; the new generation is more advanced.

The bacteria will not be able to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere just yet. The currently modified version of the bacterium is releasing more than it is initially consuming. The strain of E.coli could be made into use for the production of food and switching to electricity as a source of energy for the bacteria is going to reduce down the rate of emission.

The experiments conducted on E.coli do not end here. Scientists are experimenting on the bacteria for developing computers that will be taken into use for predicting a massive number of proteins, enzymes, and help crack the gene coding. By making use of E.coli in manufacturing a computer scientists are making attempts to studying the behavior of each cell of the bacteria.

Although to make predictions about the future involving the reactions of a living being is somewhat tricky, the scientists from California University, Genome Center, the Computer Science Department, and Davis are making attempts to build a computer model out of E.coli. The efforts have begun from 2016 and are currently under progressing though much information concerning the same has not yet been revealed.

Illias Tagkopoulos, who is the professor at UC Davis for Computer Science, led the team for the development of a computer-based on the bacteria. He made the statement that this simulation is considered to be the most extensive discovery of its kind. The amount of data that is involved and the number of layers to be taken into consideration are unprecedented, he added.

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