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Conversion of proteins into biofuels [Registered]

Two types of feedstocks are currently used in the biorenewables sector. Biofuels like ethanol are derived from sugar-based feedstocks, while biodiesels are derived from lipid-rich vegetable oil. In a study published online March 6 in the journal Nature Biotechnology, researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science demonstrate for the first time the feasibility of using proteins – one of the most abundant biomolecules on earth – as a significant raw material for biorefining and biofuel production. “Proteins had been completely ignored as a potential biomaterial because they’ve been thought of mainly as food. But in…

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