Converting sugar into biofuels just got sweeter

A new synthetic metabolic pathway has been created to more efficiently break down glucose, potentially leading to an increase in biofuel production.

Glycolysis is a series of chemical reactions which most organisms use to convert glucose into vital cells, and is currently used to convert sugars into biofuels.

Currently the conversion process loses two carbon atoms for every six that are put in. However the new pathway will convert all six atoms into the molecules needed to produce biofuels.