IGEM:Stanford/2010/Notebook/Oil Spills

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Discussed the possible strains of bacteria/metabolic pathways that could be made us of in an oil spill

3 Strains of naturally occurring bacteria: psuedomonas putida, alcanevorix, cycloelasticus,
Each can break down certain compoments, e.g. PAHs, Toluene, Xylene, Straight Chain alkanes
Certain problems are detailed below.

Split the problems into 4 solutions:

Distributions/Large Scale Production
Nitrogen Fixation/Phosphorus Supply
Why better than what has naturally evolved
Choke points in the metabolism

Some offshoots of the oil spill idea came into existence:

Using the straight chain splitting bacteria in place of cracking in a refinery (Alcanevorix)