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Genomic mash-up could produce biofuels

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin are looking at the combined genomes of ants, fungi and bacteria that are responsible for turning leaf clutter into compost. They hope to isolate new enzymes or identify techniques that could do the same to aid in biofuel production.

"The genomes of 17 different ants, fungi and bacteria that eat through hundreds of pounds of leaf matter a year could ultimately lead to new techniques for making biofuels.

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin, the Joint Genome Institute and Emory University are sequencing the first-ever community genome, searching for clues to how a 50 million-year-old bioreactor operates. "
 
 

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