What’s the breakthrough? Scientists have known for a while that certain bacteria ‘eat’ methane and convert it into methanol but could not crack the enigma of this process. As methane is a major driver of climate change and levels in the atmosphere have been increasing for years, the knowledge would be invaluable to us to ramp up methane conversion on an industrial scale. In this study, the scientists identified an enzyme called particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) that breaks the strong bond in methane getting us one step closer the be able to produce clean fuel from methane.
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