Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have built a synthetic protein that acts as a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria, what we usually think of as blue-green algae, is a base line research microorganism for making biofuels and other green chemical products. The Michigan State team has done in […]

John E. Carlson, professor of molecular genetics at Penn State has begun the research into genetically engineering the jatropha plant for drought resistance.  Jatropha is a high potential biofuel plant grown in marginal land areas where droughts are common.  Carlson leads an international group of scientists that has identified the first step toward engineering a […]

Biology scientists at University of California San Diego genetically engineered marine algae to produce five different kinds of industrially important enzymes and say the same process they used could be employed to enhance the yield of petroleum-like compounds from these salt-water algae.  The team believes with good reason that marine algae can be just as […]

They must have some interesting brains storming sessions at Rice University.  Bioengineering researchers at Rice have unveiled a new method for rapidly converting simple glucose, sugar, into biofuels and petrochemical substitutes.  Rice’s team describes with a paper published online in Nature, how it reversed one of the most efficient of all metabolic pathways — the […]