Scientists in Tianjin modified E coli to enable the germ to convert electrons into energy. Photo: Alamy

Could a Chinese supercharged bacterium spark a superhuman revolution?

  • Researchers say they created E coli strain that can draw on electrons in the environment
  • Scientists’ next task is to see if technique can be applied to complex life forms
Topic |   China science

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Scientists in Tianjin modified E coli to enable the germ to convert electrons into energy. Photo: Alamy
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.