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A recipe for sustainable biofuel

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Take 1 part brewer's yeast, add a gene from a salt marsh plant, grow it with an obscure microbe from a French landfil and viola! Biofuel. Christopher Voigt, a synthetic biologist at UCSF, "and colleagues had assembled the perfect microbial team – A. fermentans converts cellulose into acetate, which is in turn made into methyl halides by the engineered yeast. It is a low-temperature, cheap process that produces the methyl halides that are readily converted into fuel."
 
 

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