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Understanding a Novel Enzyme From a Family of Marine Crustaceans May Bolster Biofuels Development
June 24, 2013
Tiny, wood-boring marine crustaceans with a penchant for collectively attacking piers and dining on driftwood, ships, boats and docks have made a big splash in the science news media lately. These creatures have as their recent claim to fame, a novel biomass-degrading enzyme in their guts that is of keen interest to the biofuels research and engineering communities.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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