Wednesday, June 25, 2008

For Future of Biofuel, Secret of MPG Ooze Lies in Mutant Bacteria

Through a twist of synthetic biology, researchers at San Francisco startup LS9 (top) say bacteria-based diesel could be ready for cars by 2011, while Emeryville, Calif.-based Amyris (bottom) has teamed up with a Brazilian ethanol giant for production of its own third-generation alternative fuel, which may come even sooner. (Photographs Courtesy of LS9 and Amyris Biotechnologies)

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