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How to make diesel from bacteria

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Dr Adam Rutherford continues the extraordinary story of the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell and of life itself.

He explains how it is possible to turn ageing bacteria into diesel which is capable of powering machinery.

The Spark of Life - the final part of The Cell - will be broadcast on BBC Four on Wednesday from 2100 BST, and repeated on Thursday at 0020 and 0250 BST.

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