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Intrexon’s novel bioconversion technology produces farnesene from methane [Registered]

Intrexon Corporation, a leader in synthetic biology, recently announced that its Industrial Products Division has been successful in converting methane to farnesene in the lab with its proprietary platform. Farnesene is a key building block chemical for diesel fuel, and also for other lubricants and specialty products, including cosmetics, rubber, and plastics. This is the second product, following isobutanol, which Intrexon has upgraded from natural gas employing its novel cellular engineering capabilities. To achieve industrial-scale bioconversion of natural gas to chemicals, lubricants and fuels, Intrexon technology comprises developing microbial cell lines genetically enhanced to convert methane to higher carbon content…

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