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US researchers produce biofuel from carbon dioxide [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Georgia claimed to have bioengineered a microbe to produce biofuel from carbon dioxide. “Basically, what we have done is create a microorganism that does with carbon dioxide exactly what plants do-absorb it and generate something useful,” said the lead researcher professor Michael Adams. During the process of photosynthesis, plants use sunlight to transform water and carbon dioxide into sugars that the plants use for energy. These sugars can be fermented into fuels like ethanol, but it has proven extraordinarily difficult to efficiently extract the sugars, which are locked away inside the plant’s complex cell walls.…

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