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Scientific breakthrough to open door for exploiting cyanobacteria for biofuels and chemicals [Registered]

A generally accepted 44-year-old assumption about how certain kinds of bacteria make energy and synthesize cell materials has been shown to be incorrect by a team of scientists led by professor Donald Bryant at both Penn State University and Montana State University. The research, published in Science on 16 December 2011 (334: 1551-1553), is expected to help scientists discover new ways of genetically engineering bacteria to manufacture biofuels and chemicals. Bryant explained that, in 1967, two groups of researchers concluded that an important energy-making cycle was incomplete in cyanobacteria — photosynthetic bacteria formerly known as blue-green algae. This energy-producing cycle…

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