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Methane-consuming bacteria could be the future of fuel

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  • Decades-long search finally over, thanks to groundbreaking discovery of the process governing how methanotrophic bacteria change methane to fuel.
  • Team found that an enzyme responsible for methane-methanol conversion activates this reaction at a site with just one copper ion.
  • Identifying the correct metal ion provides a foundation to understand what could be the most game-changing reaction for global warming.
  • This reaction could remove harmful methane from the environment, and provide usable fuel - without using additional energy to do so.
  • Current methane-methanol processes are inefficient, requiring extreme pressure and temperatures to work.

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