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Modified Bacteria Turn Waste Into Fat for Fuel
February 28, 2013
Genetically engineered E. coli bacteria developed at Rice University turn biomass from plant waste into fatty acids in a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The acids can then be turned into synthetic fuel or lubricants.
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