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Bioengineering cyanobacteria to produce substitute petrochemicals [Registered]

According to a researcher at University of California, Davis, blue-green algae may well be an effective feedstock to produce biochemicals in foreseeable future. Shota Atsumi, an assistant professor of chemistry, is using “synthetic biology” to create cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, that convert carbon dioxide in the air into complex hydrocarbons, all powered by sunlight. Cyanobacteria are single-celled organisms that, like green plants, can use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide and water into sugars and other carbohydrates. The US Department of Energy has set a goal of obtaining a quarter of industrial chemicals from biological processes by 2025. According to Atsumi,…

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