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Proterro secures a second patent for its cyanobacteria-based sugar production process [Registered]

The US based start-up Proterro was recently granted a US patent for its sugar-producing process that combines transgenic cyanobacteria with a robust photobioreactor. The company already enjoys a US patent for its bioengineered photosynthetic cyanobacteria and its genetic code. Using only CO2, sunlight and water, Proterro’s process, which is basically photosynthesis, is claimed to produce sugar yield that is 30 times more productive on an acreage basis than sugar cane. But it is not clear against which base cane yield is this comparison made. The company claims that their process is scalable and its transgenic cyanobacteria will be able to…

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