Students of Nazarbayev University developed a unique technology - Kazakh TV

Students of Nazarbayev University developed a unique technology of refining oil with the use of cyanobacteria. The research resulted in the production of pure oil. The students believe that the oil refined using this method can be transported at a higher price. The young biologists said the hydrogen and sulphur produced from the processed oil can be used as fuel.

DAULET AITYMBAYEV, STUDENT OF NAZARBAYEV UNIVERSITY:

 - We decided to take a gene from one organism and insert it in cyanobacteria. This gene is responsible for splitting hydrogen sulfide into hydrogen and pure sulphur. Afterwards, we can use this hydrogen for other purposes. For instance, hydrogen is used as fuel for cars or generators or other purposes in a number of developed countries. They considered it as an alternative to oil.

AIDANA TULESHOVA, STUDENT OF NAZARBAYEV UNIVERSITY:

 - We take these bacteria and modify them. We add genes in order to perform this transformation and get the reaction. In the end, we want to produce modified cyanobacteria capable of refining crude oil from sulfides.

According to the students, their method is fast, cost-saving and environmentally-friendly. The young biologists started working on the project in April and plan to complete it in October. They are planning to present their work at the iGEM competition in the United States. Last year, a team of Nazarbayev University won gold medals at the iGEM competition and the biologists look forward to repeating the success.

DAULET AITYMBAYEV, STUDENT OF NAZARBAYEV UNIVERSITY:

 - More than 300 teams from all over the world present their projects at this competition. This competition is about synthetic biology. Synthetic biology involves extracting DNA from one organism and splicing it into another organism. This DNA can be changed.

The biologists are set to find ways to implement their development in Kazakhstan. They reached out to a number of oil companies and hope to establish productive cooperation.

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