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Breakthrough in advancing biofuel production from bioengineering marine algae [Registered]

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae. Findings are reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scripps graduate student Emily Trentacoste led the development of a method to genetically engineer a key growth component in biofuel production. A significant roadblock in algal biofuel research surrounds the production of lipid oils, the fat molecules that store energy that can be produced for fuel. A catch-22 has stymied economically efficient biofuel production because algae mainly produce the desired lipid oils when they are…

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