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Metabolix secures patents for bioengineering switchgrass to produce polyhydroxybutryrate [Registered]

The start-up Metabolix was recently allowed six patents covering technology related to each of its key areas of biopolymers, biobased industrial chemicals and crop-based technologies. Among those granted was patent US 8,487,159, issued on July 16 titled “Production of polyhydroxybutryrate in switchgrass.” The patent describes a genetic construct consisting of 3 genes for making PHB, a biopolymer naturally produced in some bacteria as a carbon and energy storage molecule. The patent also describes the invention of switchgrass plants which produce at least 1% dry weight PHB. A paper from the UK based John Innes Centre demonstrated that plants naturally balance…

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